This bamboo scaffolding is one of the fun discoveries of these little walks. The uprights come right out to edge of the sidewalk, making a slalom course for pedestrians and bicyclists.
A food-related language mystery was cleared up for me this week. I had always wondered why "cucumber" was translated as "yellow melon" or "huangua" when it's not yellow.
I stand corrected.
There are at least three kinds of Chinese cucumbers. There are smooth-skinned small ones which are great for pickling, rough-skinned long ones like a European cucumber, and then these massive (and yes, very yellow) ones that look like a traditional American cucumber.
Melons are a very big deal in Chinese food. Some of the many kinds include kugua (bitter melon), nangua (south melon) which is a sort of pumpkin, and xigua (west melon) which is watermelon.
Watermelon is really popular - it's traditionally served for dessert after the evening meal.