Chinese embroidered balls shine in Jiuzhou, south China's Guangxi
Photo taken on Nov. 4, 2019 shows embroidered ball-shaped lanterns in Jiuzhou ancient town of Jingxi City, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. [Photo by Cui Bowen/Xinhua]
Jiuzhou is regarded as the home of the Chinese embroidered balls. The balls go back more than 2,000 years. They usually have 12 "petals," or cone-shaped silk bags, which in ancient times were filled with red beans or grain before being embroidered with birds or flowers as a sign of good luck.