Clear and Bright or Qingming (Chinese: 清明), the 5th solar term, starts this year on April 5 and ends on April 19.
Of all the 24 solar terms, Clear and Bright is the only one whose first day is also a traditional Chinese festival, Qingming Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day. The words "clear" and "bright" describe the weather during this period. Temperatures begin to rise and rainfall increases, making it a crucial time for plowing and sowing in the spring.
For tea farmers on Wudong Mountain in Chaozhou, Qingming is a period in which they honor the ancestors and start to pick tea leaves. Therefore tea-picking on the mountain is another way to carry on their ancestors' spirit and express their feelings of missing the forefathers.
Around Qingming, it is the best harvest season for Fenghuang Dancong Tea on Wudong Mountain. On top of the mountain is the tea garden owned by the Ke Family. Ke Zelong, an inheritor of national intangible cultural heritage tea-making technique, recalled that he has been immersed in tea making since childhood. The mountain, tea trees, tea leaves, Fenghuang Dancong and so on are important parts of the Ke Family. The Family has been engaged in the tea industry for generations and is proud of that. Therefore, Ke Zelong is committed to inheriting and passing down the technique of producing tea.
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