On the afternoon of May 31, the Belt and Road International Youth Experience Team visited Dongzhai National Nature Reserve in Luoshan County, Xinyang City, Henan Province. They watched tea art and Chinese shadow puppetry performances, and explored the current living conditions of crested ibises.
The Belt and Road International Youth Experience Team in Dongzhai National Nature Reserve [Photo by Jia Qinqin]
At Baiyun Station Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition Area, Luoshan Shadow Puppetry, a national-level intangible cultural heritage of China, drew great attention from the participants. "The shadow puppetry performance presents vivid and expressive scenes. I have seen such shows before, but I have never witnessed how they work. Through this up-close observation and learning experience, I feel that this art form is truly magical," exclaimed Lydia Nduta Njoroge, an international student from Kenya after watching the performance.
The young foreign participants observe in a focused manner the cultural and creative products inspired by Luoshan Shadow Puppetry [Photo by Jia Qinqin]
Dongzhai National Nature Reserve, renowned as a "paradise for birds", covers a total area of 46,800 hectares and is currently home to 334 bird species. Dongzhai Baiyun Conservation Station is located in the reserve's core area and serves as the habitat for rare bird species such as the crested ibises and Reeves's pheasants.
The participants taking photos of the birds within the rewilding training base of Reeves's pheasants [Photo by Jia Qinqin]
"Through this visit and learning experience, I have come to understand that Dongzhai is dedicated to the long-term conservation and breeding efforts for rare bird species. It also serves as a great testament to China's strong emphasis on environmental protection," said Hussaini Mohammad Mahdi, an international student from Afghanistan.
The participants observing a crested ibis up close [Photo by Jia Qinqin]
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