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Major Snow, best time to enjoy potted lamb soup!

Major Snow (Chinese: 大雪), the 21st solar term of the year, also the third in winter, starts on December 7 this year. As the beginning of midwinter, this period will see a sharp drop of temperature with more rain.

During Minor Snow, the snow in North China may last a whole day, breaking tree branches and blocking the road. The natural scenery of "hundreds of leagues ice-bound go; over thousands of leagues flies snow" can be seen. The river will be frozen, allowing people to skate and have fun on it.

Moreover, this solar term is the best time to make sausages for Nanjing locals. They are busy in making preserved meats with their favorite seasonings. The sausages are dried in a well-ventilated place in the shade, serving as an important part of preparation for Spring Festival.

The maple leaves turn red during this period and people usually go hiking to enjoy the extending red maple forest.

Lamb is a favorite food for Chinese people during Major Snow. It's excellent for nourishing the body, promoting blood circulation and providing protection against the cold. People in Guangzhou, without exception, have also always been enjoying potted lamb soup or stewed lamb soup with their families and friends.

Source: GDToday & Nanfang Daily

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