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Solar Terms List

Solar TermsDateRemarks

ChinesePinyinEnglish

立春lìchūnstart of spring 2013/2/4Start of Spring

雨水yǔshuǐrain water 2013/2/18more rain than snow

惊蛰jīngzhéawakening of insects 2013/3/5 awakening of hibernating insects.

春分chūnfēnvernal equinox 2013/3/20spring division (or center of spring)

清明qīngmíngclear and bright 2013/4/4time for tending graves

谷雨gǔyǔgrain rain 2013/4/20lit. grain rain: rain helps grain grow

立夏lìxiàstart of summer 2013/5/5Start of Summer

小满xiǎomǎngrain full 2013/5/21grains are plump

芒种mángzhònggrain in ear 2013/6/5lit. awns (beard of grain) grow

夏至xiàzhìsummer solstice 2013/6/21lit. summer extreme (of sun's height)

小暑xiǎoshǔminor heat 2013/7/7

大暑dàshǔmajor heat 2013/7/23

立秋lìqiūstart of autumn 2013/8/7

处暑chǔshǔlimit of heat 2013/8/23literally meaning dwell in heat

白露báilùwhite dew 2013/9/7condensed moisture makes dew white

秋分qiūfēnautumnal equinox 2013/9/23literally meaning autumn division (or center of Autumn)

寒露hánlùcold dew 2013/10/8

霜降shuāngjiàngfrost descent 2013/10/23appearance of frost and descent of temperature

立冬lìdōngstart of winter 2013/11/7

小雪xiǎoxuěminor snow 2013/11/22

大雪dàxuěmajor snow 2013/12/7

冬至dōngzhìwinter solstice 2013/12/21literally meaning winter extreme (of sun's height)

小寒xiǎohánminor cold 2014/1/5

大寒dàhánmajor cold 2014/1/20

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