画龙点睛

Photo taken this week near the Temple of Heaven, Beijing

“Paint a dragon and dot the eye.”

ENGLISHCharacterPĪNYĪN
 to draw, painting huà
 dragon lóng
dot, (o’clock…) diǎn
 eye, eyeball jīng

Crataegus pinnatifida

Commonly known as Snow Hawthorn  these red fruits which grow up to about 35 mm in diameter are now in season.

The ones in this picture, taken yesterday, are from Xiong Xian County in Hebei Province, near the city of Baotou.

Chinese Hawthorn, click for larger image
山楂 (mountain hawthorn) or 大红果 (big, red fruit)

They are used to make a number of deserts and snacks. In Northern China they are often sold dipped in a sugar candy coating on a wooden skewer  much like toffee apples are  in Europe and are called 糖葫芦 (tanghulu).

They have been associated with various medicinal properties especially as a digestive aid.


Recycle

One of the new generation of Mobikes – best so far.

Features:

    • Adjustable saddle height with easy to use handle and height indicator
    • GPS powdered by solar panels in the basket
    • Lightweight
    • Solid types (no punctures)
    • Ergonomic grips on the handle bars
    • Bell integrated into the handlebar
    • QR code

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