12 Gorgeous Photos From China's Rice Paddy Art Theme Park

Beimeng Fu

Crop circles are so last century. And what these farmers do with rice will blow your mind.

1. A set of enormous 3-D images has showed up in a rice field in the city of Shenyang, a city in China's northeast province, Liaoning. And they put any crop circles you've seen to shame.

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2. These aren't the result of aliens or ancient civilizations. Instead, they're the handiwork of Chinese farmers as part of a theme park that opened last year.

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The name of this piece of agricultural art, seen in Chinese in the field, is "China Days Quack Quack Good."

3. The patterns that make the art look like more than just a field of rice is the result of different rices being planted — different colors and heights of rice are very deliberately chosen.

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This piece features Nezha, a protection deity in Chinese folk religion.

4. The rice paddies stretch across 453,000 square meters (or 4,876,051 square feet or the same area as more than 80 football fields) as one of the biggest canvases for rice-based art in the world.

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5. In order to attract more tourists, farmers are assigned to grow different patterns each year.

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6. Shenyang, the home of the theme park, is one of the main cities of the Sibe people, an ethnic group in China. According to the China Daily, one of the Sibe's traditions is creating rice field art to pray for blessings.

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7. While the rice paddy graphics are clearly the main attraction, the park is also equipped with facilities for camping, weddings, and rafting.

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8. The park's name is actually a pun: the movie Inception was translated into Chinese as Dao Meng Kong Jian, literally meaning "space of rice dreams."

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9. Look who's here: Mickey Mouse!

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10. And Donald Duck! (...We are not sure whether this counts as copyright infringement on the park's part, but oh well.)

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11. Peking Opera face mask, butterflies and smiley-faced sunflowers are all on display.

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Here's a close-up of one of the designs for you cynical people out there who cry "Photoshop!"

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The view from the fields up close hides the details you can see from afar, but still looks interesting to say the least.

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Here's some footage from state-run news agency Xinhua showing the view of the fields from up in the sky.

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12. So...who wants some rice?

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