Wu Gang and the Tree

Wu Gang and the Tree is a classic folktale about the Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Lunar calendar.

One legend has it that Wu Gang went to the Jade Emperor and wished to be taught the methods of eternal life. But something went terribly wrong and Wu Gang was tasked to chop down a magical tree on the moon that restored itself every time!

It is believed that even when you look at the shadows on the moon today, you can still spot Wu Gang chopping away at the magical tree.

Illustrated by Rubie Chen