Daxing District, in Beijing's southern suburbs, pays homage to the watermelon every May 28 during the Daxing Watermelon Festival.
Consider it a beauty pageant for this juicy red summertime fruit. Farmers from all over China bring their watermelons for a chance at the 10,000 yuan grand prize for the best watermelon. Watermelons compete in various categories on such characteristics as appearance, taste, sugar content and skin thickness.
This king of the watermelons' competition is held May 25, before the festival's official start, at the Chinese Watermelon Museum in Daxing. The winning watermelons are displayed during the festival, which started in 1988 as a way to promote tourism and economic development in Daxing.
Other festival activities include presentations on watermelon growing and modern Chinese agriculture, as well as folk art exhibits. Of course, eating watermelons is a part of the festivities, and visitors also can pick their own watermelons from the field to buy for eating at home.