hedging their bets: chinese officials decide to cover up their dead plants by putting up sheeting with pictures of shrubs on - black plastic sheeting
Chinese officials plan to cheer up this winter
Thousands of meters of plastic cloth were printed with green shrubs.
The waterproof film is used to cover up the hedge that lost its leaves in Changchun, the northern provincial capital --
Jilin province in eastern China.
It's part of beating the city's winter blues --
Officials say they would even consider installing plastic flowers if it could work.
A parliamentary official told local media: "A lot of people get frustrated in the winter, and the cut-down trees only make that feel.
"We want to cheer people up by planting some green plants around them to make them feel better.
He added: "If local residents welcome plastic hedges, then we may consider taking similar initiatives in the city.
We don't rule out plastic flowers either.
This week, workers were busy hanging plastic sheets on stakes in some of the busiest areas, such as the South Lake Road to the city.
The pictures were welcomed by those who vandalized the idea and those who welcomed the initiative, a way to brighten the area in the winter.
Bo Fan, a 34-year-old local resident, said: "It certainly made my morning commute into town even more enjoyable.