In this year’s 2020, the second decade from the turn of the century in Beijing the Capital of China also the People’s Republic of China, in which is also the year of the rat, marking its six hundred years anniversary of the Forbidden city that marks the transitional point of in between the middle of the Ming Dynasty (1368- 1644) transitionally from Nanjing to Beijing towards the Qing Dynasty (1636-1644-1911) …. The Imperial Palace seen so many countless seasonally transitional equinoxes but further its six hundred years is iconic, but it’s five hundred ninety nine years it marks it Autumn Equinox…. In which it only took twelve years to build the same of the Daming Palace of The Tang Dynasty Xian Imperial Capital only it was least twenty times larger……

How does the Forbidden City worship the moon- What kind of moon cakes are in the Forbidden City?…?  In which this year of the Rat on 1st October 2020 it’s the Mid-Autumn festival in which on the Same Day it’s the National Day of the China- People’s Republic of China …… In the Qing Dynasty, the most distinctive mooncakes in the Forbidden City during the Mid-Autumn Festival. There are many types of Qing Gong moon cakes, including sesame oil and flour pastry moon cakes, refined butter and flour butter- butter moon cakes, and lard and flour moon cakes. There are sugar filling, fruit filling (candied preserved fruit), Chengsha (fine bean paste after filtering) filling, date filling, and sweet and salty moon cakes with sesame and salt. The wooden molds used in the Qing palace to make moon cakes have eight sizes, which constitute the “disparity” between the size and weight of the moon cakes in the Qing palace. Whether the moon cakes of the Qing palace are used by the emperor and queen of the Qing Dynasty, or used for sacrifices and rewards, the specifications and sizes of the moon cakes are all complete sets. According to the archives, the mooncakes on the table of the Qing Palace Festival Moon Offerings are arranged in a tower shape from small to large. The top mooncake has a diameter of two inches (about 6.6 cm), and the bottom of the large mooncake is two feet (about 70 cm) in diameter. The pear-wood moon cake mold is printed with patterns of Guanghan Palace, laurel and jade rabbit holding a pestle.

紫禁城的月饼是什么样….清代,紫禁城过中秋节最有特色的就数月饼。清宫月饼种类很多,有用香油和面制成的香酥皮月饼,也有用精炼后的奶油和面制的奶酥油月饼,还有猪油和面的月饼。有糖馅、果馅(蜜饯果脯)、澄沙(过滤后很细的豆沙)馅、枣馅,还有芝麻椒盐的甜咸馅月饼。清宫制作月饼所用木模有大小八种规格,构成了清宫的月饼大小与重量的“悬殊”。清宫月饼不论是清帝后御用,还是祭祀月供、赏赐所用,月饼的规格、大小都是成套的。据档案记载,清宫祭月供桌上的月饼由小至大摆成塔形,顶尖月饼直径两寸(约六点六厘米),最底的大月饼直径两尺(约七十厘米),皆用梨木月饼模子印制,模子内刻广寒宫殿、桂树和持杵玉兔等图案。

Imagines credit are of the Forbidden city –Imperial Palace –Beijing – China- People’s Republic of China

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