New York, USA. 7th September, 2014. Stores and bakeries in Chinatown sell boxes and boxes of mooncakes on Sunday, September 7, 2014 for the Mid-Autumn Festival which occurs on September 8. The delicious traditional baked product is eaten during the Mid-Autumn festival and are popular as gifts. The perfectly round pastries can be sweet or savory, filled with lotus seed or salted duck egg. The cakes represent the full moon on the eighth month, the fifteenth day in the Chinese (lunar) calendar. Credit: Richard Levine/Alamy Live News

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New York, USA. 7th September, 2014. Stores and bakeries in Chinatown sell boxes and boxes of mooncakes on Sunday, September 7, 2014 for the Mid-Autumn Festival which occurs on September 8. The delicious traditional baked product is eaten during the Mid-Autumn festival and are popular as gifts. The perfectly round pastries can be sweet or savory, filled with lotus seed or salted duck egg. The cakes represent the full moon on the eighth month, the fifteenth day in the Chinese (lunar) calendar. Credit: Richard Levine/Alamy Live News
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Stores and bakeries in Chinatown sell boxes and boxes of mooncakes on Sunday, September 7, 2014 for the Mid-Autumn Festival which occurs on September 8. The delicious traditional baked product is eaten during the Mid-Autumn festival and are popular as gifts. The perfectly round pastries can be sweet or savory, filled with lotus seed or salted duck egg. The cakes represent the full moon on the eighth month, the fifteenth day in the Chinese (lunar) calendar. Perversely, sales of the cakes are at an all time low in China because of a crackdown on corruption and bribery associated with giving the treats to public officials.

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