Painting the town orange


Various shades of orange colour the rooftops in Anxi county, Quanzhou, Fujian province, as residents set out persimmons to dry in the sun.

Persimmon production is a way of life for villagers in the Chinese province and, each year, they lay the fruit out to dry before selling it at the market.

The dried fruit is called shibing in Chinese and is a popular treat in the country.

China's cool weather at this time of the year makes it the perfect time to dry the fruit, a process which takes 40 to 50 days.

One villager, Mr Chen Shui Yuan, installed seven air-conditioning units to ensure his persimmons would stay in good condition even if the weather becomes rainy or hot.

He hopes to produce 20,000kg to 25,000kg of the fruit this season.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2016, with the headline 'Painting the town orange'. Print Edition | Subscribe