A traditional pastry to be shared and eaten at Mid-Autumn Festival, mooncakes have also become a symbol of bribery and excess in contemporary Chinese culture. Learn more about the origins of mooncakes, their regional variations, and their place in modern China.
Sienna Parulis-Cook is a writer and editor who lived and worked in China for seven years. She worked as a mooncake salesgirl in Beijing in 2007 and wrote her MA thesis on mooncake exchange in contemporary China at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2009 .
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