Birding Beijing in The Global Times

In April I took a journalist from The Global Times – Jiang Yuxia – to Ma Chang to experience birdwatching as part of her research into birding in Beijing.

Yuxia getting to grips with birding by watching a Baer's Pochard at Ma Chang in April.
Yuxia getting to grips with birding by watching a Baer’s Pochard at Ma Chang in April.

Yuxia has subsequently written and published this article.

It’s a good read with honourable mentions for a few of Beijing’s birders!

This article follows a similar article in The China Daily a few weeks ago and reflects the growing interest in birding among Chinese citizens – a welcome development in a country with serious environmental challenges.

A big thank you to Yuxia for a well-written and positive article about birding!

11 thoughts on “Birding Beijing in The Global Times”

  1. Very nice article. I hope that these kinds of pieces are coming out in Chinese too. (Shi Jin had some nice references earlier to crisis situations – these kind of general interest articles are really valuable too.)

  2. Hi Gretchen. I am hoping, at some point, to have the whole blog in Chinese… but that’s a little way off at the moment.. will look for a sponsor first! I met with The Global Times today and they are interested in running a piece on Jankowski’s Bunting following the survey next week. Watch this space!

  3. Hats off to what you’ve been doing with the bunting. It’s really really great! Hope more ppl can get involved. Would love to help with the chinese blog whenever you start!

    1. Yuxia,您好,
      有没有可能,请您写一些中文的文章,向市民倡导一下自然的生活方式呢,或者说不是以一种主观的理念生活和管理生活?我个人觉得,其实这也许是很多自然保护完全保护不了自然的原因。
      比如,野鸭湖自然保护区的施工可以看出,人们想把它变成一个度假村。这背后的商业目的我可以理解。但我觉得,既然是自然保护区,就应该抑制商业目的。当然,只靠政府的努力,中间的难度和压力可以想象,所以我觉得,也许应该改变普通市民对于“只有有娱乐设施的地方才有意思”的观念。让更多的人了解在大自然中享受那份安宁的快乐。
      还有,我这次在野鸭湖自然保护区拍摄您在您的文章中所引用的白鹤的照片,跟保护区正在施工的当地居民聊天时发现,人们不是没有意识到鸟类比过去少了。可是人们的观念完全没有改变,还是想去捉鸟。人,作为猎手的本性,也许不能改变,但是追逐和抓捕的那种快乐,不是只有狩猎一种方式。我的个人观点,其实bird watching也是一种狩猎,向狩猎一样,我们用眼睛,用耳朵,追寻目标,只不过,我们不杀戮,只是作为旁观者,安静的观望。其实,每一次身处自然,那不就是单独为我们而准备的节目,我们每个人的“动物世界”。。。

      Sorry Terry and other reader, I wrote in chinese. I have just some suggestions on the possible topics for more amazing articles.

      Yi

    2. Yuxia,您好,
      有没有可能,请您写一些中文的文章,向市民倡导一下自然的生活方式呢,或者说不是以一种主观的理念生活和管理生活?我个人觉得,其实这也许是很多自然保护完全保护不了自然的原因。
      比如,野鸭湖自然保护区的施工可以看出,人们想把它变成一个度假村。这背后的商业目的我可以理解。但我觉得,既然是自然保护区,就应该抑制商业目的。当然,只靠政府的努力,中间的难度和压力可以想象,所以我觉得,也许应该改变普通市民对于“只有有娱乐设施的地方才有意思”的观念。让更多的人了解在大自然中享受那份安宁的快乐。
      还有,我这次在野鸭湖自然保护区拍摄您在您的文章中所引用的白鹤的照片,跟保护区正在施工的当地居民聊天时发现,人们不是没有意识到鸟类比过去少了。可是人们的观念完全没有改变,还是想去捉鸟。人,作为猎手的本性,也许不能改变,但是追逐和抓捕的那种快乐,不是只有狩猎一种方式。我的个人观点,其实bird watching也是一种狩猎,向狩猎一样,我们用眼睛,用耳朵,追寻目标,只不过,我们不杀戮,只是作为旁观者,安静的观望。其实,每一次身处自然,那不就是单独为我们而准备的节目,我们每个人的“动物世界”。。。

      Sorry Terry and other reader, I wrote in chinese. I have just some suggestions on the possible topics for more amazing articles.

      Yi

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