Jingzhe, the third of the 24 solar terms, falls on March 5th this year. In Chinese, jing means to startle and zhe means the hibernating insects. Put together, jingzhe means the awakening of insects. During this time, the temperature continues to rise, spring rainfall keeps increasing, and thunderstorms awaken the hibernating insects.
However, the awakening of insects is not the only natural phenomenon around jingzhe. Fish swim to shallow water to breed, snakes waking up in underground holes begin to hunt for food, and peach trees start to bloom.
Jingzhe is also important for agricultural activities. The rising temperature and the ample sunshine and rainfall are favourable crops to grow. Therefore, jinzhe marks the beginning of spring plowing.
With the start of the new semester, ECNUers can now find some time walking around the campus, enjoy the beauty of flowers and the vitality of spring.
Author: Yuan Yiwei
Copy editor: Joshua Mayfield
Editor: Yuan Yiwei