The rice paddies of China's northeast province of Liaoning are not only functional for growing food, but when viewed from above, create extraordinary murals on the earth. The designs are the work of the Sibe people, a small Chinese group for whom creating these rice paddy artworks is a custom. Traditionally, the murals pray for blessings and celebrate the rich bounty of the crops.
These particular murals are part of a unique tourist landmark in Shenyang, China.
The name of the park, Dao Meng Kong Jian, translates to "space of rice dreams."
Interestingly, the name comes from the English title “Inception” when translated back into Chinese.
Each piece requires meticulous planning: although from a distance, the designs look like they might be simply painted onto the landscape, great care is taken in choosing plants to achieve different color and value.
The rice saplings are grown in carefully plotted lines to create these stunning 3-D pieces.
The park spans 25 acres and is the biggest rice-art canvas in the world.
The park also hosts camping, wedding and events in this beautifully adorned open space.
The pieces seem to shape-shift as the viewer's perspective changes along the parks's elevated walking paths.
The designs range from homages to folk religion deities to more whimsical illustrations.
Even a few Disney characters get their own rice paddy tributes.
It's easy to imagine young tourists being delighted to see the familiar faces grown in rice fields.
The fields are painstakingly cared for to preserve the intricacies of the designs.
In a closeup, you can see the different rice plants used to create the illusion.
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