Except for the bamboo mats, DMan's description of summer in China sounds awfully like summer in North Carolina when I was little -- we had the electric fans (as well as hand-held cardboard ones, which used to be distributed by businesses as an advertising gambit), sun-brewed tea, and watermelon. Sitting out on the porch in the twilight, talking, quilting.

I would add: swimming (lake, ocean, stream, pool, whatever), or running through the output of a hose or sprinkler. Sucking on a piece of ice. And the South is where both Coca-Cola and Pepsi were invented, as well as regional drinks like Cheerwine.