December 12, 2012 - With just ten days to go before the Mayan apocalypse supposedly spells the end of the world, many believers may be looking for ways to dodge doomsday.
But one farmer in China
believes he is ready for any eventuality after building seven emergency survival pods. Liu Qiyuan
created the fibreglass shells - dubbed Noah's Ark
- after being inspired by the apocalyptic Hollywood movie 2012.
Prepared: Farmer Liu
Qiyuan looks out from inside one of seven survival pods
that he has also dubbed Noah's Arc
Ready for trouble: Farmer Liu
Qiyuan exits one of seven survival pods in a yard at his home in the village of Qiantun, Hebei
province, south of Beijing
Heavy work: Workers reposition one of seven survival pods. His creations consist of a fibreglass shell around a steel frame
Building them around a steel frame in a yard at his home in the village of Qiantun, Hebei
province, south of Beijing, he says the pods can offer life-saving shelter during natural disasters such as tsunamis and hurricanes.
The pods are able to float on water and some of have their own propulsion.
Liu Qiyuan poses with his pods in Hebei Province in China on Dec. 11, 2012. (Ed Jones AFP Getty Images
Liu Qiyuan, a Chinese farmer from the village of Qiantun in northern Hebei Province, located just south of Beijing, has built what he describes as "Noah's Ark" survival pods in case of a cataclysmic event.
Mayan apocalypse: Chinese farmer builds survival pods in case of a disaster
Liu Qiyuan, a farmer from the village of Qiantun, Hebei province, south of Beijing, poses among some of the survival pods that he has designed and built. He hopes that his creations, consisting of a fibreglass shell around a steel frame, will be adopted by government...