During the Tien Qin Dynasty, people were known to dig up ice cubes in the winter and store them in the cellar for use in the hot summer. The person in charge of the extraction, storage, and use of ice in the Zhou Dynasty was called the mausoleum.
Without air conditioning, the ancients had an ice cellar
At that time, the ice room – the place to store ice called the mausoleum, could store ice from winter to summer. The copper ice box is called “ice ice”, which is considered an ancient refrigerator.
In the Song Dynasty, the management of ice was even listed as a national event along with the policy of horse, salt and tea management.
During the Tien Qin Dynasty, people dug ice cubes in the winter and stored them in the cellar for use in the hot summer.
Later, people figured out how to keep the ice in the basement (commonly known as the ice cellar) in the winter, so that the ice could be used for the following year.
However, if stored in this way, about two-thirds of the ice reserves are melted annually. For that reason, the ancients would often increase the amount of ice stored to 3 times the amount of ice needed to use.
There was no refrigerator, the ancients had ice
Ice tape is likened to a refrigerator at that time, because it was used to store and preserve food on hot summer days.
The ice shelf is likened to an ancient refrigerator.
The two sides of the box are lifting rings, the top has a lid. When opening the lid, the inside appears two layers like the letter “回”, the outer layer is for ice, the inner layer is for storing items that need to be chilled.
Royals and aristocrats can enjoy iced drinks and chilled wines. Tape is an eco-friendly “fluoride-free refrigerator”.
There were no cold mats, the ancients had couches
The ancients used many types of beds for the summer, the most common of which were rattan or wooden sofas. There are two types of sofas: box sofas and frame sofas.
There were no cold mats, the ancients had couches.
The most important bamboo mat production area is in Qizhou, Hunan province (China). It has a lot of bamboo, bright colors, light and soft bamboo strips. So they are very suitable for making mats.
Many poets in the two Tang and Song dynasties, when referring to Ky Chau, they all praised the bamboo mats of this place. Han Du once received a bamboo mat from his good friend Trinh Quan, the bright yellow light of the mat fascinated him, and he also praised it with his family.
In addition, there is also a type of heat-protection item made of bamboo – Lady Truc (hollow bamboo pillow). It is made of bamboo slats, or a whole hollow piece of bamboo, around which is perforated for ventilation, creating a cool feeling when used.
The reason why the ancients gave it the elegant name Truc Madame is probably because it resembles a lady when it comes with bedding and pillows, and it also adds a hot water kettle to use in winter.
There was no electric fan, the ancients had a round fan
The image of an old man holding a round fan sitting under the shade of a tree appears a lot in the streets and alleys in the South.
The image of an old man holding a round fan sitting under the shade of a cool tree appears in many roads and alleys in the South.
The incense fan is a type of circular fan, one of the earliest local styles of Chinese fans with a history of thousands of years. They originate from the Tien Qin – Han dynasties, popular in the Tang – Song dynasties, most of them have a round shape, so they are called round fans.
In addition, the dandelion fan also has hexagonal, octagonal, drum, banana leaf shapes and other styles. People often use dandelion leaves or thin bamboo fibers, asparagus grass to weave, which is both cheap and practical.