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Travelers Visiting China Advised to Prepare for Hot Weather and Consider Timing to Avoid Dragon Boat Festival Holiday

Travelers Visiting China Advised to Prepare for Hot Weather and Consider Timing to Avoid Dragon Boat Festival Holiday

Jun 09, 2023

If you're planning a trip to China in the coming weeks, it's essential to be mindful of the temperatures in your destination city and take necessary precautions for hot weather. Additionally, it is recommended to plan your visit to avoid the Dragon Boat Festival holiday.



According to a popular Chinese saying, "夏至端午前,必定是灾年" (Xiazhi duanwu qian, bidìng shi zainian), which translates to "Disasters are inevitable if the summer solstice comes before the Dragon Boat Festival." This year, the summer solstice falls on June 21st, followed by the Dragon Boat Festival on June 22nd, making it an unusual occurrence where the two events are back-to-back.



Traditionally, the Dragon Boat Festival takes place after the summer solstice, allowing for a significant time gap of at least two weeks. During this period, known as "龙舟水" (longzhou shui) or "Dragon Boat Water," ample rainfall occurs, benefiting crop growth during the rainy season.


However, with this year's unusual alignment of the summer solstice and the Dragon Boat Festival, only a one-day gap separates them. This situation may lead to a decrease in rainfall during the Dragon Boat Water period. As the weather becomes hotter and drier due to the approaching summer, evaporation rates increase, posing challenges for crop growth. Some regions, such as Henan, have already experienced unexpected rainfall during the ripening stage of wheat, further fueling the dissemination of this popular saying.


While modern advancements in technology have enabled better prediction and management of natural disasters, it is crucial not to underestimate the forces of nature. It is advisable to make necessary preparations and take preventive measures to mitigate potential risks.


If you have plans to visit China soon, remember to keep an eye on the temperature in your destination city and prepare for hot weather accordingly. It is also recommended to consider adjusting your travel dates to avoid the Dragon Boat Festival holiday. Otherwise, you might miss the opportunity to witness the production of aluminum windows and doors , curtain walls, and railings as workshops might be closed during the holiday period.


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