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China has entered Toufu yesterday, the first phase of Sanfu. In the Chinese lunar calendar, Sanfu refers to the periods that are predicted to be the hottest days of the year, which are called Toufu, Zhongfu and Mofu.
Sanfu is between mid-July to mid-August. This year's Sanfu is much longer, lasting from July 12 to August 20.
Do you get prepared for the hottest days of the year? Here are some tips that might help you to beat the heat.
Sanfutie is a bandage made of traditional Chinese herbal medicine. Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believe that receiving Sanfutie during the hottest summer days is effective for coughs, asthma and arthritis. And it is a patchwork solution for winter ills in summer.
Eating Toufu Dumplings
When the dog days come, people tend to lose their appetites. And dumplings can refresh people's feelings toward food. In many parts of China, it's a tradition to have dumplings on the first day of Sanfu. The dumplings have been given a special name -- Toufu Dumplings.
Eating Lotus Root
The root of the lotus flower is the perfect food for summer. With its rich nutrition, this white vegetable can improve digestion, increase circulation and balance mood.
Taking Cool-Natured Food
Cool-natured food can help relieve the heat of summer. Watermelons and mung bean soup are brilliant choices to get through Sanfu.
Using Sunscreen Products
Remember to apply sunscreen products and bring sunshade with you to prevent skin damage.
Doing Water Sports