A photo taken on January 22, 2008 shows the football-shaped calabashes planted by a local resident in Lanzhou, Northwest China's Gansu Province. After six years of experimenting, Lanzhou local Mr. Zha, devised a special way to grow the tree enabling him to harvest various peculiar shapes like footballs, chessmen and even the figure of Buddha. (Asianewsphoto)
Mr. Zha plays Chinese chess. All the chessmen are made by calabashes he planted.
(Asianewsphoto via China Daily January 24, 2008)