Chinese village creates giant QR code in field to attract tourists

You can even scan it.

Yeo Kaiqi | September 18, 2017, 02:33 PM

QR codes are widely adopted in China, with 90% of all worldwide users being Chinese.

Besides its application in mobile payments, QR codes are now used in some of the weirdest ways in the country.

You probably will never see this anywhere else: A massive field of trees designed in the shape of a giant QR code.

The QR code field

Located in Xilinshui, Hebei province of China, the QR code field was created out of juniper trees, an evergreen tree type native to northeast Asia.

The field holds about 130,000 trees, each between 80cm and 2.5m in height on average.

Altogether, they measure 227m along each side of the field.

The Xinlinshui project is designed to boost local tourism.

Scanning the greenery on a smartphone will connect to the village's public WeChat account for tourism. Scanning a photo of it also works.

The development and renovation of the project was worth CNY$1.1m (S$225,000), funded by the provincial government.


Craze over QR codes

To see how widely used QR codes are in China, here are other usages of it:

The Xilinshui field isn't the first large-sized QR code project in China.

In 2013, Vanke, a Chinese property developer, built a 6,400 square metre code from grass and marble.

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