However, judging from the Chinese idiom qiushi(autumn scholar, meaning an aged scholar grieving over frustration in his life) and the frequent selection in the textbooks of ouyangxiu’s on the autumn sough and Su Dongpo’s on the red cliff, Chinese men of letters seem to be particularly autumn-minded.
Autumn in the south also has its unique feature such as the moon-lit Ershisi bridge in Yangzhou, the flowing sea tide at Qiantangjiang River, the mist-shrouded Putuo mountain and lotuses at the Lizhiwan Bay.
The southern autumn is to the northern autumn what yellow rice wine is to kaoliang wine, congee to steamed buns, perches to crabs, yellow dogs to camels.
Autumn, I mean northern autumn, if only it could be made to last forever! I would be more than willing to keep but one-third of my life-span and have two-thirds of it bartered for the prolonged stay of the season.
It is at the height of autumn that jujubes, shaped like dates, make their appearance in a light yellowish-green amongst tiny elliptic leaves.
By the time when they have turned ruddy and leave fallen, the north-westerly wind will begin to reign supreme and make a dusty world of the North.
Due to the abundance of trees and the low altitude of dwelling in Peiping, cicadas are audible in every nook and cranny of the city.
Because of their ubiquitous shrill noise, these insects in Peiping seem to be living off every household like crickets or mice