- Gordon Dumoulin
3 million visitors expected in Beijing this winter...
China's capital is known around the world for many reasons but it might be a surprise for most that the city is 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗚𝟮𝟬 𝗰𝗮𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝗶𝗿𝗱𝘀 (after Brasilia).
According to the Beijing Municipal Forestry and Parks Bureau, Beijing is expecting 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝟯 𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗯𝗶𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿.
Since September, wildlife monitoring stations around the city have reported over 640,000 wild birds and filed observation records for over 13,000 more.
More than 𝟱𝟬𝟬 𝗯𝗶𝗿𝗱 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗱 in the Beijing municipality. Rich wetlands such as Miyun Reservoir and Wild Duck Lake, dense mountains, grasslands and the many city parks makes Beijing an excellent accommodation for permanent and migrating birds.
Also national first-class protected birds appear in Beijing such as the Great Bustard earlier this year in Tongzhou district.
Not only birds make their permanent or temporary accommodation in the municipality, Beijing is home to about 60 species of mammals, 30 species of amphibians and reptiles, 170 species of butterflies and 60 species of dragonflies and damselflies.
Even wild leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis) have been spotted up north in the Beijing mountains.
𝘈 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘉𝘦𝘪𝘫𝘪𝘯𝘨....
Read much more about birds, birding and other wildlife in Beijing in the 𝗕𝗶𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗕𝗲𝗶𝗷𝗶𝗻𝗴 website
Sources : Birding Beijing, China Daily
Pictures : China Daily, CGTN, Xinhua, Weibo
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