23okt/20

24 Solar Terms: Shuangjiang (First Frost)

  October 23, or the seventh of the ninth month of Chinese lunar calendar, is the 18th solar term and the last in autumn this year. Most regions in China enter chill late autumn around Shuangjiang (First Frost).   Video provided by China Xinhua News Network Corporation   Eating persimmon   It is believed that eating persimmon during Shuangjiang can keep the body warm and strength muscles and bones. Drying fresh persimmon into persimmon cake is a classic procedure to make the nutritious traditional Chinese snack.   Chrysanthemum Festival at Yuhuagong Scenic Resort, Tongchuan    Ascending hills to enjoy autumn scenery   The ninth of the ninth month of Chinese lunar calendar (October 25, 2020) is a significant traditional Chinese festival – Double Ninth Festival. The number nine is the highest single-digit odd number (yang number). People ascend mountains and hills to admire chrysanthemums and beautiful autumn scenery, wearing dogwood to ward off evil spirits. Traditionally, it marks an important occasion to worship gods and ancestors. Today,Read More…

20okt/20

An In-depth Tour in Quzhou, Zhejiang Province

  Today, we are about to take you to a beautiful city – the ancient city of Quzhou in the west of Zhejiang province. It is located in the upper reaches of the Qiantangjiang River, adjoining Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi and Anhui provinces, covering an area of 8844 km² and governing Kecheng and Qujiang districts, Longyou, Changshan and Kaihua counties and Jiangshan city. Quzhou is quite a metropolitan that you would love at first sight. Sounds improbable? Let’s have a look ~   Diverse Nature Quzhou is named after the surrounding mountain and flourishes because of the waters. Xianxialing Mountains, Huaiyu Mountains and Qianligang Mountains encircle the city in which nine rivers, including Changshan River, Jiangshan River and Wuxi River, converge.   六春湖 Liuchun Lake     With a forest coverage rate of 71.5% and per capita green space of 15.2 ㎡, Quzhou is an important ecological barrier, a national eco-demonstration zone, a national gardenRead More…

08okt/20

24 Solar Terms:Hanlu – Cold Dew

  October 8, or the 22nd of the eighth month of Chinese lunar calendar, marks the 17th solar term – Hanlu (Cold Dew), when temperature is  much lower than that of White Dew and the dews are almost condensed into frost.       Hanlu is the perfect time to enjoy crab feast and appreciate chrysanthemums. The female crabs are mature with creamy roe and tender meat. A natural accompaniment to cold-natured crab is wine, which is even better if it is made of chrysanthemums. Drinking chrysanthemum wine is an ancient tradition with wind-dispersing, heat-clearing, liver-nourishing and eyesight-improving functions ever since the Han dynasty.    Crab on Lotus Leaf Artist:Unknown Year:Song dynasty Dimension:28.4×28 cm Technique: Ink and color on silk In the collection of the Palace Museum   Chrysanthemums Artist:Unknown Year:Southern Song dynasty Dimension:24×25.1 cm Technique: Ink and color on silk In the collection of the Palace Museum     Let’s enjoy the scrumptious crabs, sip the wine and appreciate the masterpieces ofRead More…

25sep/20

| 24 Solar Terms: Qiufen (Autumn Equinox)

| 24 Solar Terms: Qiufen (Autumn Equinox)   September 22, or the 6th of the eighth month of Chinese lunar calendar, marks Qiufen (Autumn Equinox), the 16th solar term of this year. The sun is directly above equator, resulting in an equal division of day and night, no polar day or polar night around the globe.     In ancient times, sacrifices were offered to the sun on Chunfen (Spring Equinox) and to the moon on Qiufen (Autumn Equinox). Qiufen was originally the traditional festival to offer sacrifices to the moon, which was changed to the Mid-autumn day (15th of the eighth month of Chinese lunar calendar) when the moon is full. Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties held sacrificial ceremonies at the Temple of the Moon in Beijing.   The Temple of the Moon / www.trip.com    Eating Qiucai  (autumn vegetable) In South China, villagers go to pick Qiucai (aRead More…

08sep/20

24 Solar Terms: Bailu (White Dew) @Guilin

  White, white the reed, Dew not yet dried. Where’s she I need? On the other side. – The Reed (Exerpt), The Book of Songs (Translated by Xu Yuanchong)   Image by lxn15676204370 The third solar term in autumn – Bailu (White Dew), falls on September 7, or the 20th of the seventh month of Chinese lunar calendar this year. Entering mid-autumn, it is getting increasingly cold with the arrival of autumn wind. Dew gathers in the morning and birds migrate to the south, suggesting that the cold season is coming.    Li River at Dawn    Worshiping Yu the Great The legendary Yu the Great, tamer of China’s greatest floods, founder of the Xia dynasty – the first dynasty in Chinese recorded history, is known for his upright moral characters, as respected as Yao and Shun of the Five Emperors and worshiped as the “God of River” or “Bodhisattva of Waters”. By the Taihu Lake in JingsuRead More…

21aug/20

24 Solar Terms: Chushu – End of Heat

      Chushu (End of Heat), the fourteenth of 24 solar terms, falls on August 22, the fourth of the seventh month of Chinese lunar calendar this year. As the name implies, Chushu means that the summer heat is receding and that the three periods of the hot season are close to an end or has already passed. Temperature drops, especially after each autumn rain.   Yunnan province / Photo by Chi Lok Tsang Dali, Yunnan province / Photo by Sugarman Joe Erhai Lake, Dali, Yunnan province / Photo by Lincoln Yoon   Offering sacrifices to ancestors Offering sacrifices to ancestors and embracing autumn are major customs around Chushu. As some crops are ripe, people offer newly harvested rice to ancestors to report on the harvest.     Autumn outing   Eryuan West Lake, Dali, Yunnan province / 张金明 Zhang Jinming Erhai Lake, Dali, Yunnan province / Image by Melodyxzl The Three Pagodas of the Chongsheng Temple, Dali, Yunnan province / Photo by Chongming Liu Sky MirrorRead More…