Photographs of round things

Below are some photos of round things in China.

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Chinese lamb hamburgers (肉夾饃, rou4 jia2 mo2, literally “meat clamp bun”) are a popular savory northern Chinese food item. I like how this one looks like a flying saucer. I want to believe!

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Candied haw fruit on a stick (冰糖葫蘆, bing1 tang2 hu2 lu, literally “rock candy bottle gourd”) is a popular sweet northern Chinese food item. The top two photos have the haw fruit stuffed with glutinous rice. The bottom two photos have the haw fruit stuffed with walnut.

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They served big grapes at the company Christmas party.

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Dragon fruit (火龍果, huo3 long2 guo3, literally “fire dragon fruit”) tastes like watermelon. The one shown above has red flesh. The more common kind has gray flesh.

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The neighborhood market has a wide selection of fruits and vegetables, including apples as shown above. It was very cold the day I took this photo, so the peddlers covered all their merchandise with blankets to prevent damage.

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The outdoor spiral staircase shown above, for a pedestrian overpass near where I live, has very shallow steps. The pitch is perhaps three inches.

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The Workers’ Gymnasium (工人體育館, gong1 ren2 ti3 yu4 guan3) is a circular (viewed from above) building. Care should be taken that it not be confused with the Workers’ Stadium (工人體育場, gong1 ren2 ti3 yu4 chang3) across the street, which is oblong and bigger.

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In front of the north entrance of the Workers’ Gymnasium was a guy training a bird!

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My company doesn’t have running water inside the office, as the bathroom is in a common area shared among several companies, but it does have lots of water coolers like the one shown above. Nestle is a popular brand of water cooler water. Note the disposal bin at the foot of the water cooler: tea is popular here.

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