MOON CAKE – LANTERN FESTIVAL

Known also the mid-autumn festival which falls on the 15th day of the eighth Chinese Lunar Calendar. This is a historical festival rather than a religious one. It marks the successul rebellion against the Mongol ruler dated back in 14th century China. Legend has indicated that the secret about a plot against the Mongolians was hidden inside the mooncake and the mooncake was distributed widely. Lanterns were used at night as signals from higher grounds and hilltop. Today, this festival is celebrated with moon cakes and latern hanging on the house. The lantern and the moon cakes have attracted many children and adults attention. In certain area, lantern procession and competition are held.

Several varieties of MOON CAKES

 

 

Design of different LANTERNS

   

 

Moon Cake

A SIMPLE MOON CAKE RECIPE

Makes 2 dozen
1 can (17-1/2 ounces) lotus seed paste
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

Dough
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2-cup non-fat dried milk powder
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup sugar 1/2 cup solid shortening, melted and cooled
1 egg yolk , lightly beaten

1. Mix lotus seed paste and walnuts together in a bowl; set aside.

2. Sift flour, milk powder, baking powder, and salt together into a bowl. In large bowl of electric mixer, beat eggs on medium speed until light and lemon colored. Add sugar; beat for 10 minutes or until mixture falls in a thick ribbon. Add melted shortening; mix lightly. With a spatula, fold in flour mixture. Turn dough out on a lightly floured board; knead for 1 minute or until smooth and satiny. Divide dough in half; roll each half into a log. Cut each log into 12 equal pieces.

3. To shape each moon cake, roll a piece of dough into a ball. Roll out on a lightly floured board to make a 4-inch circle about 1/8-inch thick. Place 1 tablespoon of lotus seed paste mixture in center of dough circle. Fold in sides of dough to completely enclose filling; press edges to seal. Lightly flour inside of moon cake press with 2-1/2 inch diameter cups. Place moon cake, seam side up, in mold; flatten dough to conform to shape of mold. Bang one end of mold lightly on work surface to dislodge moon cake. Place cake on ungreased baking sheet. Repeat to shape remaining cakes. Brush tops with egg yolk.

4. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F. oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a rack and let cool.

Kissing Tips to Perfect Kissing Technique …

ImageKissing can be a wonderful prelude to more intimate pleasures, or a joy unto itself. But only if you know what you are doing! Here are tried and true favorite kisses, along with those kissing techniques voted the worst!
 
Kissing – Perfect Your Kissing Technique!
Kissing techniques vary greatly… so does the appreciation or dislike for these different techniques. After interviewing hundreds of men and women on the subject over a seven year period, I’ve come up with some general findings that I’d like to share with you.

 
 

Who is Kissable?

Men and women both thought the idea of kissing someone who was clean, had beautifully full and shapely lips, who was attractive, and who possessed a great smile and nice teeth was a “10” on the kissable scale. Guys also felt that if a woman seemed open and friendly, she was more likely to be the recipient of a romantically spontaneous kiss than a woman that seemed uptight.

Who Likes Kissing the Most?
It seems that even though men think kissing is okay, they looked at it more as a necessary evil to get to the good part. Women seemed to prefer long, lingering kisses that didn’t necessarily have to lead to anything else. Reportedly, for a woman, pressure from their male partner to make it lead somewhere took away from the enjoyment of the moment. Image

What Types of Kisses are Best and Worst?
Kissing in public is cool, but not in front of Mom. Men loved to be kissed with their eyes open, so that you two lock eyes seems to drive them wild. Men and women both seem to like being kissed in places other than the lips with neck, ears and eyes ranking highly. We won’t discuss other body parts, because this is a PG-17 rated Web site.

Another important aspect of kissing is to use the middle part of the tongue in your kiss because of the large number of sensitive nerve endings there.  The kiss you give your partner will be positively electrifying!

The fun came with the kisses that ranked the worst. I’ve never laughed as hard as I did while hearing awful kiss stories shared by dozens of interviewees! Please review your kissing techniques and make sure that you don’t fall into any of these categories.

The Katrina Kiss.  If you watch television and are even the least bit aware of world events, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about! This is a kiss with entirely too much water. You are drooled on, slobbered on and when the kiss is over, you feel the need for a towel and maybe a shower. If you have a salivary gland problem, or your partner just makes you drool with lust, try SWALLOWING before you start KISSING.
The Iguana Kiss. Crusty, crunchy, scaly lips are OUT. This is a true case of lizard lips! Keep that kisser soft and touchable. If you run your lips gently across your lovers neck, cheek and lips, they shouldn’t be left with what look like paper cuts.

The Prozac Kiss. You might wonder if this tongue needs tranquilizers, as it appears to be having a nervous breakdown! Fast, furious, darting or high-speed swirling motions reminiscent of a washing machine on the rinse cycle. Interesting I suppose, if you’re into that sort of “household instrument” thing.

The Cave.  In this instance your partner’s mouth is open so wide that your tongue meets nothing but air on all sides! There is no exchange of sensation. It’s like you’re kissing by yourself! Try saying something and see if you hear an echo!The Dirty Harry. Guys, either grow a beard or shave. That 5 o’clock shadow thing looks cute, but it can wreck havoc on a woman’s tender body. Whisker burn just plain hurts. You don’t know what it feels like to have sand papery stubble pierce the skin around your eyes or cheeks! With half her face scraped off, a woman feels less than romantic and is more inclined to get up to seek medical treatment than she is to get busy.

Trolling for Tonsils. Everybody likes tongue kissing, but my goodness! A little restraint on the depth of the kiss might be in order. If you have a tendency to extend your tongue to its full length in your partners mouth, be sure to check for a pulse when you get through.

 

 

Schedule of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

The Beijing Olympic scheduled is between August 8 and August 24 2008.

Unveiled Competition Schedule of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Date Games Medals
August 6&7
Football Preliminary
 
August 8
Opening Ceremony
 
August 9
Rowing, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling (Road) Final, Equestrian (Eventing), Fencing Final, Football, Gymnastics (Artistic), Weightlifting Final, Handball, Judo Final, Aquatics (Swimming), Shooting Final, Sailing, Volleyball, Volleyball (Beach)
7
August 10
Rowing, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling (Road) Final, Equestrian (Eventing), Fencing Final, Football, Gymnastics (Artistic), Weightlifting Final, Handball, Hockey, Judo Final, Aquatics (Swimming) Final, Aquatics (Water Polo), Tennis, Shooting Final, Archery Final, Sailing, Volleyball, Volleyball (Beach)
14
August 11
Rowing, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe/Kayak (Slalom), Equestrian (Eventing), Fencing Final, Weightlifting Final, Handball, Hockey, Judo Final, Aquatics (Swimming) Final, Aquatics (Diving) Final, Aquatics (Water Polo), Tennis, Shooting Final, Archery Final, Sailing, Volleyball, Volleyball (Beach)
13
August 12
Rowing, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe/Kayak (Slalom) Final, Equestrian (Eventing) Final, Fencing Final, Football, Gymnastics (Artistic) Final, Weightlifting Final, Handball, Hockey, Judo Final, Wrestling (Greco-Roman) Final, Aquatics (Swimming) Final, Aquatics (Diving) Final, Aquatics (Water Polo), Softball, Tennis, Shooting Final, Archery, Sailing, Volleyball, Volleyball (Beach)
19
August 13
Rowing, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe/Kayak (Slalom), Cycling (Road) Final, Equestrian (Eventing), Fencing Final, Football, Gymnastics (Artistic) Final, Weightlifting Final, Handball, Hockey, Judo Final, Wrestling (Greco-Roman) Final, Aquatics (Swimming) Final, Aquatics (Diving) Final, Aquatics (Water Polo), Softball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Shooting Final, Archery Final, Sailing, Volleyball, Volleyball (Beach)
17
August 14
Rowing, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe/Kayak (Slalom) Final, Equestrian (Dressage), Fencing Final, Gymnastics (Artistic) Final, Handball, Hockey, Judo Final, Wrestling (Greco-Roman) Final, Aquatics (Swimming) Final, Aquatics (Water Polo), Softball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Shooting Final, Archery Final, Sailing, Volleyball, Volleyball (Beach)
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August 15
Athletics Final, Badminton Final, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling (Track) Final, Equestrian (Jumping) Final, Fencing Final, Football, Gymnastics (Artistic) Final, Weightlifting Final, Handball, Hockey, Judo Final, Aquatics (Swimming) Final, Aquatics (Water Polo), Softball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Shooting Final, Archery Final, Sailing, Volleyball, Volleyball (Beach)
16
August 16
Athletics Final, Rowing Final, Badminton Final, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling (Track) Final, Equestrian (Dressage), Fencing Final, Gymnastics (Trampoline) Final, Weightlifting Final, Handball, Hockey, Wrestling (Freestyle) Final, Aquatics (Swimming) Final, Equestrian (Dressage), Aquatics (Water Polo), Softball, Tennis Final, Table Tennis, Shooting Final, Archery Final, Sailing, Volleyball, Volleyball (Beach)
30
August 17
Athletics Final, Rowing Final, Badminton Final, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling (Track) Final, Equestrian (Jumping), Fencing Final, Football, Gymnastics (Artistic) Final, Weightlifting Final, Handball, Hockey, Wrestling (Freestyle) Final, Aquatics (Swimming) Final, Aquatics (Synchronized Swimming), Aquatics (Diving) Final, Aquatics (Water Polo), Softball, Tennis Final, Table Tennis Final, Shooting Final, Sailing Final, Volleyball, Volleyball (Beach)
34
August 18
Athletics Final, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe/Kayak (Flat water), Cycling (Track) Final, Equestrian (Jumping) Final, Football, Gymnastics (Artistic) Final, Gymnastics (Trampoline) Final, Weightlifting Final, Handball, Hockey, Aquatics (Synchronized Swimming), Aquatics (Diving), Aquatics (Water Polo), Softball, Table Tennis Final, Triathlon Final, Sailing Final, Volleyball, Volleyball (Beach)
18
August 19
Athletics Final, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe/Kayak (Flat water), Cycling (Track) Final, Equestrian (Dressage) Final, Football, Gymnastics (Artistic) Final, Gymnastics (Trampoline) Final, Weightlifting Final, Handball, Hockey, Wrestling (Freestyle), Aquatics (Synchronized Swimming), Aquatics (Diving) Final, Aquatics (Water Polo), Table Tennis, Triathlon Final, Sailing, Volleyball, Volleyball (Beach)
20
August 20
Athletics Final, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe/Kayak (Flat water), Cycling (Mountain bike),Handball, Hockey, Wrestling (Freestyle) Final, Aquatics (Swimming), Aquatics (Synchronized Swimming) Final, Aquatics (Diving), Aquatics (Water Polo), Softball, Taekwondo Final, Table Tennis, Sailing Final, Volleyball, Volleyball (Beach) Final
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August 21
Athletics Final, Basketball, Canoe/Kayak (Flat water), Cycling (Mountain bike) Final, Equestrian (Jumping) Final, Football Final, Gymnastics (Rhythmic), Handball, Hockey, Wrestling (Freestyle) Final, Aquatics (Swimming) Final, Aquatics (Diving) Final, Aquatics (Water Polo) Final, Modern Pentathlon Final, Softball Final, Taekwondo Final, Table Tennis, Sailing Final, Volleyball, Volleyball (Beach) Final
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August 22
Athletics Final, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe/Kayak (Flat water) Final, Cycling (BMX) Final, Football, Gymnastics (Rhythmic), Handball, Hockey Final, Aquatics (Synchronized Swimming), Aquatics (Diving), Aquatics (Water Polo), Modern Pentathlon Final, Taekwondo Final, Table Tennis Final, Volleyball, Volleyball (Beach) Final
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August 23
Athletics Final, Baseball Final, Basketball Final, Boxing Final, Canoe/Kayak (Flat water) Final, Cycling (BMX) Final, Football Final, Gymnastics (Rhythmic) Final, Handball Final, Hockey Final, Aquatics (Synchronized Swimming) Final, Aquatics (Diving) Final, Taekwondo Final, Table Tennis Final, Volleyball Final
31
August 24
Closing Ceremony, Athletics Final, Basketball Final, Boxing Final, Gymnastics (Rhythmic) Final, Handball Final, Aquatics (Water Polo) Final, Volleyball Final
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Essential Knowledge of Beijing Olympics

Volunteers Symbol

The symbol shows three people dancing surmounted by two interwoven red hearts; a symbol that conveys a deep meaning.

The hearts represent the bond between the volunteers, the athletes, the Olympic family and guests, while the dancers symbolize a friendly attitude and a dedicated spirit. The Chinese calligraphy art form has been used to depict the dancers and the symbol sets off the Olympic Emblem – Chinese Seal, Dancing Beijing to perfection.

Theme Slogan

One World, One Dream‘One World, One Dream’ is the simple but meaningful slogan adopted for the Beijing Olympic Games, reflecting fully the Olympic spirit and a common dream shared by people worldwide. The value contained in one of the three concepts of Beijing Olympics – People’s Olympics is also reflected in this slogan. With 1.3 billion people, China is endeavoring to build a peaceful world, in which people live in harmony and cooperate with each other. Since the release of the slogan ‘One world, One Dream’, it has replaced ‘New Beijing, Great Olympics’ which was the slogan used during the Beijing bid for the Olympic Games.

 
Environmental Symbol

The environmental symbol of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games depicts the ‘Green Olympics’ (one of the three concepts of the Games). The symbol is of a green tree with a human figure below it.

Drawn with a single stroke, as a fluttering stripe of color, it resembles the canopy of a tree filled with vitality and hope. Together with the figure beneath it, the symbol looks like a big tree reaching for the sky and conveys a meaning of harmony between mankind and nature. As the man is drawn in the Chinese calligraphy art form, it contrasts the Olympic Emblem.

Olympic Mascot

Fuwa sold in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games licensed products store.‘Fuwa’ composed of five images; those of a fish, a panda, the Olympic flame, a Tibetan antelope and a swallow – has been created as the mascot for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The mascot has been designed to convey a message of friendship and peace together with the dream that mankind and nature can live in great harmony.

Each of the five images has been given a nice name – Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying and Nini. When these are read together thus ‘Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni’ it is actually Chinese for ‘Welcome to Beijing’. Each image conveys different wishes and meanings: Beibei (the fish), symbolizes prosperity and harvest; Jingjing, a lovely panda symbolizes the harmonious existence between human and nature; Huanhuan (the Olympic flame), regarded as the elder brother of the five, expresses the Olympic spirit, while Yingying, the Tibet antelope wishes everyone in the world good health and the swallow Nini brings happiness and good luck. As the five images are colored blue, black, red, yellow and green respectively, Fuwa matches the Five Olympic Rings.
Olympic Emblem

Named ‘Chinese Seal, Dancing Beijing’, the emblem of Beijing Olympic Games has three parts – the image of a dancing people, the words ‘Beijing 2008’ and the Five Olympic Rings.

The combination of the dancing people created by the Chinese seal and the words ‘Beijing 2008’ written in the Chinese calligraphy art form below it fully reflects Chinese culture. It also represents the vitality of China. Like the dancing people in the emblem, Beijing will welcome friends and guests from all parts of the world in its friendly embrace.

 

Olympic Torch

Seventy-two centimeters in height and weighing 985 grams, the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games’ torch is scroll shaped and embellished with a picture of the ‘Lucky Cloud’. As the ‘Lucky Cloud’ is one of the Chinese traditional cultural symbols, the torch is endowed with a Chinese flavor. It differs from previous Olympic torches as it is strikingly lacquered red and silver.

The light aluminium alloy torch is well designed to have the ability to resist low temperatures, low pressure and variable wind directions and also easy to carry. Additionally, it is environmentally friendly as it is fuelled by propane gas. The torch was researched and devised exclusively by the Chinese and so is characteristically uniquely Chinese.

Click to get the Torch Relay Route for Beijing 2008 Olympics.

 

Olympic Medal

The medal for Beijing Olympic Games is elegantly exceptional. Differing from past Olympic Medals, it is the first one that is not made totally of gold. Jade, the traditional Chinese craft standing for the dignity and virtue, was inlaid in the medal endowing it with unusual importance.

On the obverse, the traditional IOC design – goddess of victory Nike and the Panathinaikos Arena is adopted. On the reverse, the Beijing Games emblem is engraved in the jade which is inlaid in the medal. The medal’s design is a good combination of Chinese and Western culture making it a significant piece of artwork in Olympic History.

 

Three Concepts:

Green Olympics, High-tech Olympics and People’s Olympics, the three concepts of Beijing Olympic Games states the determination and ambition that Beijing will host a great Olympic Games in 2008.

Green Olympics: Protecting the environment and resource, and maintaining an ecological balance are the three main aims to realize at the Green Olympics. Beijing has already promised to spend US $ 6.6 billion to improve the environment. In the not too distant future, coal will be replaced by the clean natural and liquid natural gas, at the same time solar power will be more widely used. Waste and sewage systems will be improved to recycle resources. Many factories will be moved out of the city to help improve the environment of Beijing. In addition, reforestation projects are being undertaken in both the mountains and plains surrounding the city will help to reduce the dust and sandstorms. The concept will not only be displayed through the change of environment, but also from the improvement of public awareness of the environment.

High-tech Olympics: High-tech is also a highlight of the Beijing Olympics. Broad Band, GPS technology and the mobile communications network will be greatly improved during the preparations for the Beijing Olympics. At that time, an integrated transport system will ensure the efficient movement of guests during the Games while Multi-lingual Translator Machines will provide an invaluable service for them. High-tech will also be used for weather forecasts and throughout the Olympic stadiums, etc.

People’s Olympics: The spread of the Olympic Spirit as well as the unique Chinese culture is the main aim of the People’s Olympics. Beijing has already set up a program for ensuring everyone uses correct manners and etiquette in schools, offices, venues and even in daily life of the public at large. More and more hotels, restaurants, museums, galleries, theaters and tea houses are making full preparations as they wait for guests to arrive from all over the world. Also, there is a focus on the protection of Beijing’s ancient cultural relics, buildings, customs, arts and crafts etc. in order to make the Beijing Olympics a harmonious meeting of the West and China, together with an unrivaled service to both Olympians and journalists alike with comfortable accommodation, delicious food and efficient means of communication.