The beginning of Autumn, the 13th of The 24 solar terms, is the first of the autumnal seasons. Although it is the beginning of autumn, it does not mean the end of the hot weather.
In most years, the weather will continue to be hot for some time after the autumnal cycle, and the weather will not cool down until around The Limit of Heat or White Dew, and people will feel the coolness of autumn.
As we enter autumn, there is a transition from the rainy, wet and hot summer to a less rainy, dry autumn climate. The most obvious change is that the leaves of the grasses and trees turn from lush green to yellow and begin to drop, while the crops begin to ripen.
The Drying “QIU” is a typical agricultural custom with strong regional characteristics. Villagers living in mountainous areas have to use the front of their houses and the windowsills and roofs of their homes to dry or hang their crops due to the complex terrain and the fact that there is very little flat land in the villages, which over time has turned into a traditional agricultural custom.
Huangling and Shitan are the two main areas where the Chinese custom of “The Drying “QIU”” is practised. Huangling is located in the Shitan Mountain Range, 7 km southeast of Jiangwan Town, Wuyuan County, Shangrao City, Jiangxi Province. Shitan is located in Shitan, Xiakeng Town, She County, Anhui Province.