Lifestyle: Ready for the Sanfu Days?

(From China Daily)

This year’s Sanfu Days, or dog days of summer, is supposedly ten days longer than the usual 30 days, according to a calculation of the Purple Hills Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Monday.

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The calculation shows that China has entered Toufu, the first phase of Sanfu on July 13, and the Sanfu Days won’t fade out till August 22.

Sanfu in the Chinese Lunar Calendar refers to the three 10-day periods that are predicted to be the hottest days of the year, which are called Toufu, Zhongfu and Mofu respectively. It is between mid-July and mid-August, and the beginning days of Sanfu vary year from year, in accordance with the ancient Chinese dates designated by Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branchesra.

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