Bird walking is a popular hobby in China with men. It’s like car shows but with songbirds, not T-birds. The cages are made of bamboo are not something you’d pick up at Walmart.

Men pack their birds in their cages to bring them outside for some fresh air. They think socializing with other birds will help their birds sing better. I think they’re right.

The birds were beautifully loud, like nature’s version of America’s Idol. If there were other chicks listening (bad pun intended) I would have stayed longer.

In Xishuangbanna, there is a park dedicated to these aficionados on the MeKong River Walk. The big white thing is where the bird walkers hang their cages.

The guys sit and watch, but don’t talk.

Bird Walking has been popular in China since the Qing dynasty 1644–1911.

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