The Sum­mer Tastes of An­cient China

China Scenic - - Contents - By Han Tao Pho­to­graphs by Huang Xiao­huang, and as cred­ited

At the peak of sum­mer, when we hud­dle in­side air- con­di­tioned rooms or in front of the fan, we might feel sym­pa­thy for the peo­ple of olden times, as they had to find their own ways to deal with the heat, and the dis­com­fort, fa­tigue and loss of ap­petite brought on by it. As it turns out, faced with the bland­ness of the hot sum­mer, the wise peo­ple of an­cient China, in ad­di­tion to do­ing what­ever they could to es­cape the heat, also came up with nu­mer­ous ways to im­prove their ap­petite dur­ing the sum­mer.

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