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24 Solar Terms: 8 things you may not know about Autumn Equinox

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24 Solar Terms: 8 things you may not know about Autumn Equinox

Vendors sell autumn vegetables at a local market in Huaying city, Sichuan province, Nov 23, 2010. [Photo by Qiu Haiying/Asianewsphoto]

Eating Qiucai

In South China, there is a custom popularly known as "having Qiucai (autumn vegetable) on the Autumn Equinox day". Qiucai is a kind of wild amaranth. Every Autumn Equinox day, all the villagers go to pick Qiucai in the wild. Qiucai is verdant in the field, thin, and about 20 cm in length. Qiucai is taken back and made into soup with fish, named "Qiutang" (autumn soup). There is a verse about the soup: "Drink the soup to clear the liver and intestines, thus the whole family will be safe and healthy".

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