Getting prepared for Sanfu? Do like the Chinese

Updated 2017-07-12 15:30:39 Xinhuanet
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(Xinhua/Yang Yujian)

(Xinhua/Yang Yujian)

China today has entered Toufu, the first phase of Sanfu. In the Chinese Lunar Calendar, Sanfu refers to the periods that are predicted to be the hottest days of the year, which are called Toufu, Zhongfu and Mofu.

Sanfu is between mid-July to mid-August. This year's Sanfu is much longer, lasting from July 12 to August 20.

Do you get prepared for the hottest days of the year? Here are some tips that might help you to beat the heat.

Receiving Sanfutie

Sanfutie is a bandage made of traditional Chinese herbal medicine. Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believe that receiving Sanfutie during the hottest summer days is effective for coughs, asthma and arthritis. And it is a patchwork solution for winter ills in summer.

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(Xinhua/Hu Jianhuan)

(Xinhua/Hu Jianhuan)

Eating Toufu Dumplings

When the dog days come, people tend to lose their appetites. And dumplings can refresh people's feelings toward food. In many parts of China, it's a tradition to have dumplings on the first day of Sanfu. The dumplings have been given a special name -- Toufu Dumplings.

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(Xinhua file photo)

(Xinhua file photo)

Eating Lotus Root

The root of the lotus flower is the perfect food for summer. With its rich nutrition, this white vegetable can improve digestion, increase circulation and balance mood.

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(Xinhua file photo)

(Xinhua file photo)

Taking Cool-Natured Food

Cool-natured food can help relieve the heat of summer. Watermelons and mung bean soup are brilliant choices to get through Sanfu.

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(Xinhua file photo/Long Lei)

(Xinhua file photo/Long Lei)

Using Sunscreen Products

Remember to apply sunscreen products and bring sunshade with you to prevent skin damage.

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Children cool off in a swimming pool in Xingtai City, north China's Hebei Province, July 2, 2017. (Xinhua/Chen Lei)

Children cool off in a swimming pool in Xingtai City, north China's Hebei Province, July 2, 2017. (Xinhua/Chen Lei)

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Tourists play in the water at a water park in Yangzhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province, July 11, 2017, escaping from the heat of summer. (Xinhua/Meng Delong)

Tourists play in the water at a water park in Yangzhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province, July 11, 2017, escaping from the heat of summer. (Xinhua/Meng Delong)

Doing Water Sports

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A woman practices yoga on the bank of a creek in Shuiwei Township in Xuyong County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, July 4, 2017. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

A woman practices yoga on the bank of a creek in Shuiwei Township in Xuyong County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, July 4, 2017. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

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(Xinhua file photo)

(Xinhua file photo)

Practicing Yoga and Tai Chi

During Sanfu, you can practice yoga or Tai chi to get relaxed. As the Chinese old saying goes, "So long as one keeps calm, one doesn't feel the heat too much".

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