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              Qingming Festival

              The Qingming? Festival (Pure Brightness, qīng míng jié 清明節) is one of the 24 seasonal division points in China, falling on April 4-6 each year. After the festival, the temperature will rise up and rainfall increases. It is the high time for spring plowing and sowing. But the Qingming Festival is not only a seasonal point to guide farm work, it is more a festival of commemoration.

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              Dragon Boat Festival
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              ?? Dragon Boat Festival
              The Dragon Boat Festival (duān wǔ jié 端午節), also called Double Fifth Festival, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth?month of the lunar calendar. It is one of the most important traditional? festivals in China.

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              Suzhou Gardens
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              Suzhou is China's well-known "city of gardens", which tops all gardens in both the number and the artistry. Suzhou's art of gardening has undergone a history of 1,500 years. According to chorography, there were once over 200 gardens in the city, and 69 of them are still in good preservation today.

              Suzhou gardens seek the return to Nature and the cultivation of temperament, with hills and waters, flowers and trees, pavilion, terraces, towers and halls composing the basic garden elements.
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              Five Yue
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              "Five Yue" refers to the five famous and big mountains in China, which are respectively located in the east, south, west, north and south of the country.

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              Winter Solstice
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              Winter SolsticeAs early as 2,500 years ago, about the Spring and Autumn Period (chūn qiū shí qī 春秋時期, 770-476 BC), China had determined the point of Winter Solstice (dōng zhì 冬至) by observing movements of the sun with a sundial. It is the earliest of the 24 seasonal division points. The time will be each December 22 or 23 according to the Gregorian calendar.

              The Northern hemisphere on this day experiences the shortest daytime and longest nighttime. After the Winter Solstice, days will become longer and longer. As ancient Chinese thought, the yang, or muscular, positive things will become stronger and stronger after this day, so it should be celebrated.
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              The 24 Solar Terms
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              ?? The 24 Solar Terms
              The 24 solar terms (èr shí sì jié qì 二十四節氣) originated from the Reaches of Yellow River (huáng hé liú yù 黃河流域). As early as in the Spring and Autumn Period (chūn qiū shí qī 春秋時期), four solar terms were?established by our ancestors, which are Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Based on the practical needs of agriculture, Chinese people initiated the 24 solar terms towards the end of the Warring States Period (zhàn guó shí qī 戰國時期, 475 B.C. --- 221 B. C.) However, the names for these solar terms did not appear until the Western Han Dynasy (xī hàn 西漢, 206 B.C. – 24 A.D.)

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