Feb 18 marks Rain Water, or Yushui in Chinese, the 2nd solar term in Chinese lunar calendar. From now on, temperature rises and rainfall increases. During this period, birds start to migrate and seeds germinate, forming vivid spring scenery.
Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft carrying auspicious meanings of prosperity, reunion, and happiness. With unique styles and exquisite patterns, the century-old artwork is still favored by people across the world. (Images: People's Daily Online)
The spring breeze and drizzle weave poetic scenery in the regions south of the Yangtze River. During this period, wandering in the ancient towns and embracing the picturesque landscape depicted by many Chinese poems is a cozy experience.
After the spring rain, bamboo shoots pop up. Chinese people collect them to taste the freshness and tenderness, and also bear a wish of progress as bamboos spring up higher and higher.
“Beyond the bamboo grove, several peach trees are in bloom. The river is warming, which the ducks are first to know.” Su Shi, one of the most influential poets in China, rendered a peaceful evening by the riverside in early spring. Frolicking in the river, mandarin ducks send the message of spring to people.