Cranes of Qiqihar

There is a nature preserve in Qiqihar, a breeding ground for the red-crested crane 丹頂鶴.



The preserve is a huge wetland, “as big as two Hong Kongs” says the tour guide. Clear as mud for the Americans?

Frozen wetland with pedestrian walkway

Frozen wetland with pedestrian walkway




The young cranes have to “practice” flying. I heard that they keep the birds caged, and release them all at once for the visitors to see the animals exercise their “natural” habits. *sigh*

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