Birds watching in Zhalong

08:51, December 22, 2010      

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The reserve is regarded as the largest wetland in the world and the hometown of cranes.[Photo courtesy of Zhalong National Nature Reserve]



The reserve is regarded as the largest wetland in the world and the hometown of cranes.[Photo courtesy of Zhalong National Nature Reserve]

Located southeast of Qiqihar in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province, Zhalong National Nature Reserve is a 210,000-hectare protection area for rare birds and wetlands.

The reserve is dotted with pools densely overgrown with reeds. Abundant fish and shrimp, along with the peaceful environment, create an avian paradise, attracting more than 270 species of birds. The largest group of birds is composed of cranes, such as red-crowned cranes and hooded cranes.

The reserve is regarded as the largest wetland in the world and the hometown of cranes. The city of Qiqihar has appropriately been nicknamed "Crane City."

Source: CRIENGLISH.com


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