Xiao Yongsheng, 58, a local resident on Lingshan Island of east China's Shandong province, spent 2 years decorating the outer walls and roof of his house with more than 1 million shells he collected. They come in all shapes and sizes with the largest weighing 4kg and the smallest one being only 3mm long.
“I used them for everything,” he explained. “For decoration, for roof tiles, as handles, and even crushed up to make mosaics. They are everywhere.” Xiao uses the house as a museum, displaying the history of the island and the daily life of local fishermen.