Countryside, culture popular with tourists
Visiting farms and participating in folk customs were popular activities for tourists during Mid-Autumn Festival holiday from Sept 22 to 24, according to a report released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Sept 24. The holiday coincided with the first Chinese Farmers’ Harvest Festival on Sept 23, which featured events popular with visitors, such as picking vegetables on farms. The harvest festival, launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, coincided with the autumnal equinox, one of the 24 solar terms of the Chinese lunar calendar. More than 100 rural cultural events were held nationwide during the festivals. In the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, over 30,000 travelers visited Erdos for rural cultural events that featured raising animals and picking fruit.