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24 Solar Terms: 7 things you may not know about Grain in Ear

(chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2018-06-06

24 Solar Terms: 7 things you may not know about Grain in Ear

Street in Rain, by Cui Zhongjun. [Photo/artron.net]

An increase in rainfall

Rainfall increases during Grain in Ear compared to the previous eight solar terms. Regions in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River are about to enter the Plum Rains season.

Plum Rains, often occurring during June and July, refer to the long period of continuous rainy or cloudy weather. This happens to be the time for plums to ripen, which explains the origin of its name. Plum Rains is a good period for growing rice, vegetables and fruits.