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Peculiar calabash in Lanzhou
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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)

Chessmen-shaped calabashes

Buddha-shaped calabashes

Mr. Zha plays Chinese chess. All the chessmen are made by calabashes he planted.

(Asianewsphoto via China Daily January 24, 2008)

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