Pingdingshan in Xilingol League in Inner Mongolia has a very distinctive landscape. There are many extinct volcanoes from a time when this was the sea floor. This photo was taken in early October and the lush green grasslands had already faded to their winter brown. Even so you can see a flock of sheep in the foreground.
The interactive map is a new feature which I’ll maybe use again now that I know how to do it.
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.
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.