The WACPA hailed in the 2019 Mid-Autumn Festival on Thursday as one of the first industry groups in Perth to celebrate the occasion. The event was held at the renowned Wu Ming Hot Pot Restaurant in Cannington, a favourite with Chinese diaspora for its authentic Sichuanese hotpot and atmosphere.
Roger Li, WACPA committee member, spearheaded the event adding special touches to the night such as a selection of both modern and traditional mooncakes for guests to sample as well as a fun group quiz covering both the Chinese and Australian oilfields.
Also known as the Moon Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. It symbolizes a good harvest, and is a time for families to collectively give thanks for the year’s successes with lanterns, gifts and mooncakes.
Likewise as brethren in the oilfield a fine representation of operators and service companies joined together to symbolise a coming season of bountiful production and our hopes increased exploration in the coming year.
As an interesting twist to the occasion, Archeological evidence shows that the earliest bronze hot pots appeared around the Han dynasty. Not long after the earliest known Chinese oil wells were drilled during the Jin dynasty in 347 AD. The WACPA expressed on the night our hope that in the modern era, our hotpot meals will be a precursor to more oil wells and heightened demand for the many capable service companies as the next step in history for the petroleum industry.