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Airlines in China offering customers a clear view of the moon for the Mid-Autumn Festival on 19th September

September 2013
Chinese airlines hope to fill seats on the best flights where passengers can get the best view of the moon on September 19, when the moon is at it's biggest and brightest phase of the year. Passengers are being told to sit on the right side of the cabin for flights flying north or east, and on the left for those heading south or west. Of course, they should avoid overwing seats.

The best viewing time is expected between 7:15pm and 8pm on 19th September.

A press official from China Eastern Airlines said "The color of the moon will change as planes ascend and the experience will be totally different from that on the ground".

The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the Moon Festival, because of the celebration's association with the full moon on this night, as well as the traditions of moon worship and moon gazing.

The Mid-Autumn Festival has been celebrated by Chinese communities since the Shang Dynasty in 1600BC. Historically, farmers used the festival to give thanks to the moon god for bountiful harvests.

The last time a full moon occurred on the night of the festival itself was in 2004.


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