The traditional Chinese calendar divides a year into 24 solar terms. Liqiu, the 13th of the 24 solar terms in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, falls on August 8 this year.
In Chinese, “Li” means “start” and “qiu”, autumn. Therefore, Liqiu means the beginning of autumn. When Liqiu comes, although it may remain hot for some time in many parts of China, the weather gradually cools down.
Liqiu also indicates the coming of a fruitful season and autumn harvest. During this period, farmers need to get ready for harvesting.
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Author: Yuan Yiwei
Designer: Luo Kexin
Copy editor: Philip Nash
Editor: Yuan Yiwei