After looking at the picture you might think it could be the courtly maze of an English country manor. Though, there are some large gaps. But a tech-savvy eye will instantly see a massive green QR code.
These high-tech quick response (QR) barcodes are hugely popular in China. Chinese people use it to make cashless payments on a smartphone. As BBC reported, Xilinshui village, in the northern Hebei province, has created one from trees in a bid to raise its profile.
The design employed 130,000 Chinese junipers and one can scan from above using a phone or tablet. The QR code will connect the visitors to the village’s WeChat tourism account. WeChat is a Chinese social media site.
The vast design measures 227m along each side, and the trees are between 80cm and 2.5m in height, the South China Morning Post reports.
Xilinshui became “the most beautiful village in Hebei” in 2015 and received a 1.1 million yuan ($168,000) development grant from the province.
How QR works
Chinese shoppers are increasingly using QR codes in their everyday lives, and especially for making quick payments. Moreover, the little codes, made from a pattern of black-and-white squares, can store information – for example, the cost of an item, or cooking instructions for a food.
In China, waiters can sometimes be seen with QR badges pinned to their shirts, so customers can scan them to leave a tip. In fact, beggars have been pictured displaying the codes to encourage donations.
The huge QR codes have been used to drum up business before. In 2013, Chinese developer Vanke built a striking 6,400 sq meter code near a housing construction site in Hefei, Anhui province. As a matter of fact, when scanned, it played sights and sounds designed to entice would-be homeowners.