Cold Dew

Traditional Chinese calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Cold Dew, (Chinese: 寒露), the 17th solar term of the year usually begins around on October 6-8 and ends on October 21-23. Cold Dew is known as "Hanlu" in Chinese; this phase signifies the official end of autumn season. Astronomically, it begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 195° and ends when Sun moves to longitude of 210°. This phase is much colder than the White Dew phase. During the period of Cold Dew, the temperatures are way lower than White Dew phase across most areas of China. The dew of this period is colder and of great density. There a very less chances of rain. Autumn crops will be ripe to harvest and relish in this period

Cold Dew 2023

Sun , 8th Oct 2023

Shallow water Fishing activities peak in this phase, since the temperatures drop quickly and sunshine doesn't penetrate deep waters due to dew, fishes swim to shallow water zones where the water temperature is relatively high. Pomegranate is the fruit of the season and Chrysanthemum is the flower of the Cold Dew phase. Pomegranates, hawthorns, and crabs are dominate food served in Chinese cuisine in Cold dew. Osmanthus flower cake, tea and wines are also famous. Double Ninth festival that is celebrated around Cold dew relishes iconic Chrysanthemum wine. Hawthorns, a berry which is exclusive to Cold dew is herbal medicine used to strengthen the physical system during the cold temperatures. Cold dew in Southern Hunan province also brings tea seeds into harvest for popular tea seed oil.

Solar Terms



Lesser Cold (Xiao Han)

Jan. 5th

It is rather cold

Greater Cold (Da Han)

Jan. 20th

The coldest moment of a year

The Beginning of Spring (Li Chun)

Feb. 3rd

Spring begins

Rain Water (Yu Shui)

Feb. 18th

It begins to rain

The Waking of Insects (Jing Zhe)

Mar. 5th

Hibernating animals come to sense

The Spring Equinox (Chun Fen)

Mar. 20th

Day and night are equally long

Pure Brightness (Qing Ming)

Apr. 4th

It is warm and bright

Grain Rain (Gu Yu)

Apr. 20th

Rainfall is helpful to grain

The Beginning of Summer (Li Xia)

May 5th

Summer begins

Lesser Fullness of Grain (Xiao Man)

May 21st

Kernels plump

Grain in Beard (Mang Zhong)

Jun. 5th

Wheat grows ripe

The Summer Solstice (Xia Zhi)

Jun. 21st

Longest day of the year

Lesser Heat (Xiao Shu)

Jul. 7th

Torridity comes

Greater Heat (Da Shu)

Jul. 22nd

The hottest time of a year

The Beginning of Autumn (Li Qiu)

Aug. 7th

Autumn begins

The End of Heat (Chu Shu)

Aug. 23rd

Heat hides

White Dew (Bai Lu)

Sep. 7th

Dew curdles

The Autumn Equinox (Qiu Fen)

Sep. 23rd

The mid of autumn

Cold Dew (Han Lu)

Oct. 8th

Dew is very cold

Frost's Descent (Shuang Jiang)

Oct. 23rd

Frost descends

The Beginning of Winter (Li Dong)

Nov. 7th

Winter begins

Lesser Snow (Xiao Xue)

Nov. 22nd

begins to snow

Greater Snow (Da Xue)

Dec. 7th

Heavy Snow

The Winter Solstice (Dong Zhi)

Dec. 21st

The longest night of a year

Cold Dew festival dates between 2019 & 2029




Tuesday, 8th of October


Thursday, 8th of October


Friday, 8th of October


Saturday, 8th of October


Sunday, 8th of October


Tuesday, 8th of October


Wednesday, 8th of October


Thursday, 8th of October


Friday, 8th of October


Saturday, 7th of October


Monday, 8th of October

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