Friday, December 12, 2008

This Place Is For The Birds

On a walk from the Jinsong metro stop (Line 10) to the famous Panjiayuan antique market, I came across an odd sight. While parks and open spaces are well used by Zhongguoren for activities like taiji, ballroom dancing, jump roping, and story telling, what I observed was definitely in a class of its own.

At Panjiayuan gongyuan, I watched men carry covered cages containing song birds into the park, hang them from tree branches, and proceed to go and hang out with each other (the men, not the birds). I've heard of dog parks, but bird parks?

~Desi

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