The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Minor Cold, the 23rd solar term, begins this year on Jan. 6.
During Minor Cold, most areas in China experience the bitter cold stage of winter. The ground and rivers are frozen. The cold air from the north moves southward continuously.
Different regions of China have their own way to welcome Minor Cold. Mutton hot pot, chestnuts and baked sweet potatoes are three recommended foods for Minor Cold. People still keep a custom of eating rice to celebrate this solar term. Many young people begin to play different ice sports. In Northeast China, Yangko dance is really popular during the cold winter.
(Video edited by Xu Xinran)