Did you spend your childhood summers chasing fireflies? Maybe you didn’t have a childhood like this but wish you had? Now you can - thanks to a curious new theme park in China. 10,000 fireflies were imported from Ningdu County in Ganzhou to populate the East Lake Peony Garden park in Wuhan city — and the results are surreal and quite beautiful. The park is divided into five different zones, allowing anyone from the casual observer to serious researchers to optimize their experience.
Among the paths and trees of the park, there is a “flying” zone; an “observation” zone; a “zero-distance” contact zone; a “breeding” zone; and the science popularization area. Chinese tourists are paying a premium to see the fireflies, and tickets are almost always sold out – according to Oddity Central. Which is a good thing, because the park has to pay almost $2 a piece (10 yuan) to breed them.
Fireflies are not new to China. They used to be a regular part of Chinese summers until pollution and habitat destruction caused their numbers to decline. In response, some enterprising folks have set up firefly parks and even have started selling fireflies in jars online.
Via Oddity Central
Photos by Mao Huifang hubei.gov.cn