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  • pigeon racing is taking off in China.

  • 8000 of the birds were released into the winter sky in northern Hebei Province last month, one of the many long distance races holding out a promise of fame and fortune.

  • Pigeons have been raised in China since at least the 16 hundreds, but lately the ranks of hobbyists have swelled.

  • The Chinese Pigeon Association counts around 400,000 members, dwarfing the number in Belgium, where the sport first got its start.

  • Zhao Zhang breeds and trains pigeons in a coop on his parents roof, he looks for strong wings, Ah, healthy constitution and bright eyes.

  • Theo eyes are the window to their souls.

  • The brightness of their eyes shows how healthy and clever the birds are.

  • China's breeders have a reputation for their passion for pigeons, but Zhao says, there's a financial angle is, well, way successfully raised, a good racing pigeon.

  • It's going to be very expensive.

  • It will be worth a lot of money.

  • Bids flew at a recent auction in Beijing.

  • One pigeon, a racing champion, sold for more than $750,000 for breeders like Mr Ying, who bought six birds at the event.

  • Money is not an obstacle.

  • I'm in love with pigeons.

  • That's it.

  • In a nutshell.

  • Pigeons come first.

  • In my heart, my wife and Children are 2nd and 3rd.

  • The recent surge and enthusiasm for pigeons has pushed prices higher.

  • One breeder made headlines last month when he splashed out $1.9 million for this pigeon named New Kim at an auction in Belgium.

  • Besides the cost of the birds, there's also the upkeep.

  • One pigeon fans here in Shanghai, Mr You spends more than $30,000 a year on his flock of 500 all worth it, he says.

  • One of his pigeons, Little Ancestor, took first place in the recent race in Hubei Province.

  • Things pigeon broke the record in the national competition.

  • It is unprecedented for a young pigeon to fly back in just one day, a feat, he said.

pigeon racing is taking off in China.

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China's pigeon fanciers race for fame and fortune

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/15
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