SHENYANG, CHINA - JUNE 08: An image created by different kinds of rice in a paddy for spectating in a farming-tourism attraction on June 08, 2017 in Shenyang, China. A total of 19 large 3D-effect rice plant images are now in their best time for viewing in the garden. PHOTOGRAPH BY Feature China / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:[email protected] - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:[email protected] - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:[email protected] www.barcroftimages.com

Rice farmers in China have carefully planted their harvest to create a vast stretch of 3D masterpieces.

Every year the farmers in Shenyang, the capital of China’s Lianoning province, are given the task of transforming the paddy fields around the city into colourful tracts of land in a bid to attract tourists to the area.

The Xibo farmers plant strains of rice that develop into different colours, so by the time the crop is ready to harvest, the fields are filled with gorgeous art.

Farmers in China have created incredibly beautiful art in rice paddies
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It is a local tradition for farmers to create masterpieces in the paddy fields, who create the field art as a form of prayer or blessing, but recently the art has become dramatically more detailed thanks to the use of new technology that allows the farmers to control exactly how tall some crops will grow.

Controlling the height of the crops creates a 3D effect, which can only be seen from above using a suspended walkway.

The fields in Shenyang take artistic inspiration from all over the world.

Some fields give a nod to traditional oriental styles

Farmers in China have created incredibly beautiful art in rice paddies
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Some are more modern than others, like this playful take on a QR code

Farmers in China have created incredibly beautiful art in rice paddies
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The finished works span as far as 25 acres

Farmers in China have created incredibly beautiful art in rice paddies
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The designs are sketched out early in the year before the farmers plant their crops in precisely the right place.

Throughout Spring, colourful patterns begin to emerge from the water

Farmers in China have created incredibly beautiful art in rice paddies
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The fields form part of an amusement park in the city, which has hosted the paddy field art for three years and is home to one of the largest expanses of rice fields in the world, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the country and abroad.

By Edith Hancock
Metro.co.uk

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