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Six things you may not know about Minor Heat

By Xinhua

The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Minor Heat (Chinese: 小暑), the 11th solar term of the year, begins on July 7 this year and ends on July 21.

Minor Heat signifies the hottest period is coming but the extreme hot point has yet to arrive.

In China, the 24 solar terms were created thousands of years ago to guide agricultural production. But the solar term culture is still useful today to guide people's lives through special foods, cultural ceremonies and even healthy living tips that correspond with each term.

The following are 6 things you need to know about Minor Heat.

A season of storms, thunder and hail

Storms, thunder and hail often happen during Minor Heat, though in some years there might be droughts. One of the prevailing farming activities during Minor Heat is staying on top of flood control and drought relief.

Six things you may not know about Minor Heat
A thunderstorm struck Beijing, Sept 11, 2015. (Photo/Xinhua)

A season for the lotus flower

In Minor Heat, high temperatures are good for the growth of the lotus flower. From Minor Heat to the Double Ninth Festival, the lotus flower is in full bloom, and always simple but elegant.

Six things you may not know about Minor Heat

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