Global EditionASIA 中文双语Français
Home / Culture / Events and Festivals

Time to feel mellow

By Zhang Lei | China Daily | Updated: 2022-09-06 08:00
Share - WeChat
A villager works at a rice field in Ji'an, Jiangxi province.[Photo provided to China Daily]

As we move through autumn, blue skies, crystalline dewdrops and the bejewelled flora usher in one of the more transient, but aesthetic, periods, Zhang Lei reports.

It is The Book of Songs, the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry comprising 305 works dating back to the Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 11th century-771 BC), that accounts for the poetic disposition of bailu, or White Dew, the 15th of the Twenty-Four Solar Terms, which falls on Wednesday this year.

An excerpt from the chapter The Reed, translated by the well-known scholar Xu Yuanchong (1921-2021), stands the test of time.

Xu is best known for translating Chinese ancient poems into English and French. This is one of his most acclaimed renderings: "Green, green the reed, dew and frost gleam. Where's she I need, beyond the stream."

The retreating female figure, set against the backdrop of an autumn scene, where trees and bushes are covered in frost and on every twig glittered crystal dewdrops, can represent everything dreamy about the season.

1 2 3 4 5 Next   >>|
Most Popular
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349