The world's first large-scale rice museum has just opened in Changsha, capital of Hunan province.
The museum, named after rice scientist Yuan Longping and covering an area of 18,000 square meters, is located to the east of the Liuyang River in the Furong district.
It is divided into five zones, shaped like rice grains. There are four showrooms - three permanent and one temporary - covering 6,000 square meters and displaying materials about Yuan and the strain of hybrid rice he developed, and about rice history and technology.
In the section on Yuan and his rice, a statue of him looking and smiling at golden wheat is a reminder of his arduous work in China's rural areas.
In addition, the museum presents a show with artifacts, statues and digital displays about Yuan's dream of feeding the world with hybrid rice.
There is also a section called Golden Miracle, where modern acoustic and light tools are employed to demonstrate how rice grows.
The museum is surrounded by rice farmers tending their idyllic paddies, which gives visitors to the museum a good understanding of China’s rice culture.