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08:57, May 24, 2012

Great Heat

Edited and translated by Xue Meng, People's Daily Online

Great Heat

The “Great Heat” represents the hottest days in the year. It arrives on July 23 or 24 when the sun reaches the celestial longitude of 120 degrees. It’s a season with the highest temperature, where the crops grow fastest and the most frequent time for drought, waterlogging and windy weather. After this day, firefly comes out, soil gets more and more humid and heavy thunderstorm comes from time to time. The days around the “Great Heat” witness the blossom season of jasmines and lotuses. At this time of the year, many tourists and photographers go to the park and enjoy the lotus exhibition.

Traditional Customs
There are two very contradictory customs in China for “Great Heat”, one is to eat food with cold nature and the other is to eat food with hot nature. In south-east of Hunan province, there is the tradition of eating “bean jelly grass”. It has special effect for relieving the summer heat. However, in Fujian province, people eat leechee and lamb to spend “Great Heat”. In middle and north of Hunan, people eat young chicken. They believe that eating food with hot nature can drive away the dampness.

Healthy Living Tips
People should eat more seasonal vegetables including towel gourd, broccoli and eggplant. If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, you should eat pumpkin, which is full of vitamins, protein and amino acid.

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