Mid-Autumn Festival here in China, which of course means there is no shortage of mooncakes. Last year I was introduced to this Chinese pastry and quickly decided that they were not for me. But here in 2014, a full year without having tried a mooncake, I thought I should give them another chance. I realized all too well that my initial judgement had been right: Mooncakes are gross. The problem is I have at least 20 of them which were ‘gifted’ to me from various people. I know, it’s the thought that counts. Perhaps I’m pessimistic, so I’ll leave you with a hopeful thought. I’m sure there is a quality, tasty mooncake out there, but it remains to be seen, or more importantly, enjoyed.

Degen Hill

About: Degen Hill is a travel junkie, gym enthusiast, and avid writer who currently resides in Beijing. He is a 28-year-old graduate of Eastern Washington University where he studied Spanish & Communications and quickly learned that life's too short to not travel. Degen is aggressively realistic, open-minded, sarcastic, curious, and results-driven.

Currently: Degen graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master's of Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy in Beijing. He is now a reporter and editor for the political magazine China Today (今日中国). His Chinese language ability is a work in progress and enjoys the challenge. He is currently living in Andingmen (Right above the Forbidden City).