Rè Shuǐ

Rè Shuǐ

There are many reasons why Chinese people believe that drinking hot water (热水, rèshuǐ) is good for you.

From a health perspective it is believed to enhance your vital energy (正气, zhèng qì… or qì). They believe that when you drink cold water you are exhausting your yang (阳, yáng) because you are wasting it on warming your core.

Some people say that the popularity started in the Mao era because the water from rivers was full of bacteria. Boiling the water prevented water born disease and thus people who practiced this tradition were sick less often.

Chinese believe, that drinking cold beverages puts unnecessary stress on the body. One thing is certain, when Chinese people encourage you to drink hot water, they are showing that they care about you.

Conversation

PinyinChineseEnglish
Wèishéme zhōngguó rén bǐjiào xǐhuān hē rè shuǐ?为什么中国人比较喜欢喝热水?Why do Chinese people prefer to drink hot water?
Yīnwèi, tāmen juédé rè shuǐ duì nǐ de shēntǐ hǎo.因为,他们觉得热水对你的身体好。Because, they feel that hot water is good for your health.

Word list

PinyinEnglish
为什么Wèishémewhy
中国人zhōngguó rénChinese people
比较bǐjiàorelatively more
喜欢xǐhuānlike
to drink
热水rè shuǐhot water
因为Yīnwèibecause
他们tāmenthey
觉得juédéthink,feel
duìtoward
你的nǐ deyour
身体shēntǐbody
hǎogood