Common Knowledge of Chinese Culture

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Fans are made of palm leaves, silk, paper, bamboo, feathers, and other things. There is a great variety of fans: feather fans, folding fans, and screen fans; and the latter are of a variety of shapes: round, octagonal, hexagonal or poly-gonal. They are used to cool one's body in the summer, to blow up the wooden or charcoal fire in the earthen ware furnaces; old torn-down-looking seamstresses put it on the top of their hair to serve as a hat; it also does duty as a sunshade; it is used to drive the mosquitoes out of the mosquito net; to fan the restless baby to sleep, etc.

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