This is the seasonal wordage of this time of year, literary, “fountain water moves”. As this is the coldest season, many people would try to avoid going out if possible. However, in nature, subtle changes are about to happen such as frozen water gets moving. The phrase also express many people’s wish for the warmer weather should come soon.
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Since today falls on the autumnal equinox day, I searched old Chinese poems associated with the season, only to find dismal passages like this one. As a matter of fact, in the daytime summer heat still remains, though. “Only plaintive autumn wind moves spikes of rice and millet, in other words, there is no one to hold a conversation with.”