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[24 solar term] Frost's descent

Updated:2017-10-23 17:39:02   english.yunnan.cn

Monday marks the beginning of Shuangjiang or "frost's descent" in English, the 18th of 24 solar terms in the Chinese lunar calendar.

As the last term of autumn, frost's descent (Chinese: 霜降/shuāng jiàng) in this year lasts from October 23 to November 6, signifying the last two weeks of the season.

Literally, frost's descent refers to the time when frost starts to descend across China, or "the dews were congealed into frost" due to the coldness, as recorded in ancient Chinese books.

By the time of Shuangjiang, most of the harvesting work is already completed in northern China. Even the most cold-resistant crops can no longer grow. Large swaths of the fields in the north are done for the season, and farmers are now able to enjoy a period of rest.

But in China's southern provinces like Yunnan, the harvest is still in its heyday, as farmers have to take home the sweet potatoes before they are destroyed by the coming frost, while the winter wheat and oilseed rape need to be mothproofed.

English source: CGTN; Editor: Eric Wang 

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