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Chinese Solar Term - Da Han

Da Han (Major Cold, 大寒) is the last solar term of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms.  It comes around 20th January each year, when the sun reaches the celestial longitude of 300 degrees. It’s the coldest time of year for most regions in China with frequent cold waves, strong winds, low temperatures and snowfall. 

  • Da Han (Major Cold)

Still, cold weather cannot stop people from getting out of their houses and enjoying their lives. Beijingers have plenty of leisure activities, such as enjoying skating at Shichahai (什刹海) Ice Rink and skiing in ski resorts on the outskirts. 

Since ancient times, people have spent Da Han in happy and joyous ways. Sometimes the days of Da Han overlap with the days of preparation for the celebration of Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), whose first day usually falls between 21st January and 20th February. From the days of Da Han, people began to clean and decorate their houses for the festival. 

Snowing, blooming plum blossom, and coldness won’t last long. After Major Cold, it is Li Chun (Start of Spring) again. The warm wind blows, and the cycle of the 24 solar terms starts again. 


Here is a poem from Song Dynasty. 





The New Year Eve Snow   

By Lu You (1125-1210 AD)

The north wind blows the snow at midnight, 

Good fortune the Heavens grant for a New Year. 

Though a half cup of wine is yet left, 

Writing blessings under the lamp is what I prefer. 


By Catherine Mang



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Chaoyang District

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Chaoyang District
100027, China

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