Lidong: Commencement of Winter

Nov 07, 2023 | By ZHAO Weiwei; Photo by ZHAO Weiwei

Last autumn flowers on Science Island (photo by ZHAO Weiwei)

Lidong, one of the 24 solar terms in the Chinese lunar calendar, signals the onset of winter.

In ancient times, this period was dedicated to rest, preparing the farms for winter, and consuming nourishing food to enhance one's health in preparation for the impending cold.

Preceding Lidong, temperatures gradually decrease as cold air moves southward frequently. Farmers start to amass winter supplies, such as feed and fuel, while conducting winter plowing and maintaining water facilities.

A notable tradition during this time is the consumption of dumplings, whose shape resembles ancient Chinese currency, symbolizing good fortune.

Here are some pictures of the last day of Autumn on Science Island.

Autumn Leaves (photo by ZHAO Weiwei)

 Pears hanging from branches on Science Island (photo by ZHAO Weiwei)


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