Chinese stargazers this Wednesday are hoping to see a rare celestial event, the total lunar eclipse, this Wednesday when the Earth’s shadow falls across the entire moon, turning it red.

According to astronomers, the lunar eclipse will be visible in most parts of China if local weather conditions permit.

The eclipse will last for nearly one hour. The first, second, third and fourth contacts will occur at 5:14pm, 6:25pm, 7:25pm and 8:35pm Beijing time, respectively.

The most dramatic part will occur at around 6:25pm when the moon should be turned a spectacular copper red (sometimes referred to as blood red) by the sun’s rays being refracted in the earth’s atmosphere.

The eclipse will be the best one seen in China since the last one occurred on December 10th, 2011.

Chinese viewers will have to wait until April 4th, 2015 to see the next total lunar eclipse.

The recommended places for the best view of the total lunar eclipse in Sanya are as follows:

Favorite beach spots (free admission):
1.       Dadonghai大东海
2.       Sanya Bay三亚湾
3.       Yalong Bay亚龙湾
Public parks:
4.       Linchun Forest Park临春森林公园
5.       Egrek Park白鹭公园
Parks (admission is required)
6.       Luhuitou Park鹿回头公园
7.       Phoenix Hill Park凤凰岭公园
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