The Lesser Heat (Xiao Shu, "小暑" in Chinese) is the 11th term of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms (a supplementary system in the Chinese calendar to guide farm work) and falls on sometime between July 7 and July 8, when the sun moves to the celestial longitude of 105 degrees.
From the day of the Lesser Heat, the weather gets hotter and hotter, and crops all over China grow faster and stronger.
In Lesser Heat, high temperature is good for the growth of the lotus flower.
Chengdu is also an ideal place for the growth of many species of lotus, with flowering phase from June to September. Now it is the good time to appreciate lotus blossoms in full bloom at many places in downtown Chengdu.
Since Lesser Heat comes with the hottest season, it is important to have some cooling food to reduce body heat, like mung bean soup, cold noodles, watermelon, soda and ice cream, especially for the younger generation.
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