贴秋膘了吗？ Fleshing out in autumn
The beginning of autumn
The beginning of autumn is the 13th solar term in the twenty-four solar terms and the first solar term in autumn; in nature, everything begins to grow from lush and mature to bleak and mature. The beginning of autumn does not mean the end of the hot weather. The beginning of autumn is still in the hot period, the summer has not yet come out, and the weather is still very hot during the early autumn. The so-called "hot in the three volts", there is also the saying "one volt after the autumn", there will be at least "one volt" of extremely hot weather after the beginning of autumn.
From the perspective of meteorological changes, entering autumn means that rainfall and humidity are at a turning point in the year and tend to decline or decrease. With the change of seasons, the rainfall and dry humidity in the South have obvious changes; In northern China, the obvious change is the temperature.
最浪漫的中国传统节日 The most romantic traditional festival
Derived from the worship of stars, the Tanabata Festival is the birthday of the seventh sister in the traditional sense. The seventh sister (VEGA) is a weaver of clouds and the textile industry, and the patron saint of lovers, women, and children. The Tanabata Festival is not only a festival to worship the seventh sister, but also a festival of love. It is a comprehensive festival with women as the main body, with the folk legend of "Cowherd and Weaver Girl" as the carrier, with praying, begging, and love as the theme.
With the development of history, QiXi has been endowed with the beautiful love legend of "Cowherd and Weaver Girl". Because it is endowed with the connotation related to love, it has become a festival symbolizing love, which is considered to be a very romantic traditional festival in China and has produced the cultural meaning of "Chinese Valentine's Day" in contemporary times.
端午节安康 Safe and Healthy Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat for the Festival, Xiamen
Among the legends about the origins of the Dragon Boat Festival, the most popular one is in commemoration of Qu Yuan. The great poet drowned himself in the Miluo River, from then on the locals would beat drums and rowboats on the river on this day, and put zongzi in the river in order to keep the fish and evil spirits away from his body.
看到和被看到 See and be seen
World Book Day
World Book Day takes us to the Tianjin Binhai New Area Library in Tianjin, China. Nicknamed 'The Eye,' this immense, stunning facility was completed in 2017 as the focal point of the Binhai Cultural Center. Designed by Dutch design firm MVRDV in collaboration with local architects, the library's floor-to-ceiling bookshelves appear well stocked with books, but most of them are actually printed images. The real books are stored in traditional rooms with normal shelves. Still, it looks super cool.
The original idea for World Bood day was conceived in 1922 by Spanish writer Vicente Clavel Andrés to honor famed 16th century author Miguel de Cervantes. It was first celebrated in 1926 on October 7, Cervantes' birthday, before being moved in 1930 to his death date, April 23, which is also the date of William Shakespeare's death. In Spain, the day often involves an exchange of gifts, with the traditional gifts being a book and a rose. In 1995 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established World Book Day as a worldwide celebration of the written word and the power of stories.
1922年，西班牙作家维森特·克拉维尔·安德烈斯（Vicente Clavel Andrés）为纪念16世纪著名作家米格尔·德·塞万提斯（Miguel de Cervantes）而构思了世界嘘声日的最初构想。1926年10月7日，塞万提斯的生日，第一次庆祝这个节日。1930年，塞万提斯去世，也就是4月23日，也就是威廉·莎士比亚去世的日子。在西班牙，这一天通常包括交换礼物，传统的礼物是一本书和一朵玫瑰。1995年，联合国教育、科学及文化组织（UNESCO）设立了世界图书日，作为全世界对文字和故事力量的庆祝。
太湖畔的春天 Spring on the shores of Lake Tai
Cherry trees bloom at Lake Tai in Wuxi, China
The tranquil appearance of Lake Tai belies its location within Wuxi, China, a metropolis of 7.5 million people in the southern Jiangsu province. A short distance to the east is the megacity of Shanghai. But city life feels a world away here at China's third-largest freshwater lake. m More than 20 miles across in places Lake Tai provides a needed retreat from urban life, drawing locals and tourists to its picturesque shores.
There is no more popular time to visit Lake Tai, also known as Lake Taihu, than when its 30,000 cherry trees bloom on Turtle Head Isle, a peninsula that helps form a cove at the north end of the shallow lake. Turtle Head is the perfect launching point for a visit to the lake, where visitors can stroll through scenic trails, formal gardens, bridges, and overlooks.
The cherry trees bloom for about 10 days, usually starting in late March and early April. If the scene evokes thoughts of Japan, you're on the right track as the viewing of blossoms is a long-standing tradition in Japan. In fact, the trees of Lake Tai were a gift from Japanese visitors who helped plant them in Wuxi. Now, there is no doubt when spring arrives.
Beijing's winter bubble 北京的冬季泡沫
2022 Winter Paralympics
The 2022 Winter Paralympics begins today in Beijing, as the Chinese capital becomes the first city to host both the summer and winter editions of the Paralympic Games. Over the next 10 days, about 600 athletes will compete in 78 different events across six sports—alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, snowboarding, para ice hockey, and wheelchair curling. All the events will take place in a strict Covid 'bubble' system to ensure a safe and successful Games.
Speaking of bubbles, today we're looking at the National Aquatics Center, a box-shaped building that will host the wheelchair curling events. The design of the bubble-wrapped façade—made from a thin, transparent material called ETFE—is based on the Weaire–Phelan geometric structure, which is derived from the natural pattern of bubbles in soap lather. The venue was originally constructed to host the swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming competitions at the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. But its pool has been turned into an ice rink for the winter events, making it the first sports arena in the world that can switch between water and ice.
点亮一盏花灯 Light a lantern!
Light a lantern!
On the 15th day of the first lunar month, two weeks after Chinese New Year, the Chinese Lantern Festival is celebrated. It marks the first full moon of the new lunar year and the end of the Chinese New Year period.
In honor of Taking the Stairs Day, we're here in China's Guizhou province peering over at Mount Fanjing. Rising more than 330 feet above the surrounding landscape, visitors will need to climb almost 9,000 steps to reach the summit. Look closely at the image and you can see how the stairs wind up, up, up around stone outcroppings and through a gorge.
The buildings you see perched at the top are two Buddhist temples—the Temple of the Buddha and the Temple of Maitreya—linked by a small footbridge. For visitors who can't fathom walking the 8,888 steps to the top, there's a cable car that will take them two-thirds of the way there. Wherever you are today, we encourage you to forego the cable car, the elevator, or the escalator, and take the stairs instead!
A day to celebrate teachers
Today is World Teachers' Day. The UN created this day back in 1994 to draw attention to the vital role that teachers play in providing kids like these a quality education. The observation also highlights the obstacles that teachers face every day, particularly in challenging times like these.
Despite the massive disruptions to classrooms around the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, teachers everywhere have continued to work hard every day to encourage young people to learn and grow, and to think about the world around us. So, when these kindergartners are finished drawing, our hope is that they let their teachers know how appreciated they are! And we hope you can do something special for the teachers in your lives today, too.