The Start of Winter,or Lidong in Chinese is usually marked on November 7 or 8.
It is the 19th solar term of the 24 Solar Terms,
and the first solar term in winter,
that marks the cold season’s beginning,
and sends everyone into hiding.
Animals hibernate to avoid coldness.
Autumn crops are harvested and stored,
and even humans find their ways to hiding.
The focus of health preservation at this time is hiding from cold and to keep warm.
In the southern part of China,
people tend to eat high calorie foods,
such as chicken, duck, fish and so on.
And in the northern part of China,
people will feast on Jiaozi to celebrate the Start of Winter.