ABF Executive Committee (ExecComm) member, Mike Lu, shares his photographs from his ocular trip to Jingshan County last 2015 with fellow ExecComm members Victor Yu and Andrew Sebastian. Jingshan is the venue for the upcoming 7th Asian Bird Festival this November 11-15, 2016.
And so the work begins for the three ExecComm members of the Asian Bird Fair! Last May 2015, the Asian Bird Fair Executive Committee, Victor, Andrew, and Mike, arrived in the airport in Wuhan (Hubei Province, China) and were whisked off to rural Jinghsan County to meet with their counterparts from Cuncaoxin Rural Environmental Promotion Association, the host of the 7th Asian Bird Fair.
The ABF ExecComm were brought around the county and attended a number of events and meetings, all in preparation for the upcoming 7th Asian Bird Fair in November 2016. Below are Mike’s photographs from the busy (yet fun!) time they spent in Jingshan. It is an exciting preview to what’s coming in November!
Mike, Victor, and Andrew attended the opening ceremonies of the 8th Jingshan Bird Festival. Local media as well as state media, CCTV News, interviewed all 3 ABF founders before the ceremony started.
As they went around, slogans and other signs about birds and the environment could be seen around the campus such as “Give the birds a part of your loving heart and the birds will give you a lifetime of happiness.” It was good to note the very well-behaved school children awaiting the opening ceremonies of the Jingshan Bird Festival. The fair included a bird race for students and a bird photography contest for amateurs.
As part of the program, Mike announced the awarding of the hosting responsibilities to Cuncaoxin and Andrew bestowed the hosting certificate to Cuncaoxin, the local government of Jingshan, and the Wildlife Protection Agency.
Aside from the round of speeches, everyone made a pledge to protect the birds and the environment.
Aside from attending the opening ceremonies, they bumped into students who were participating in the bird race and had a chance to observe birdwatchers from Wuhan and Shenzhen going over the results of the race.
The ExecComm members also attended the closing ceremonies of the 8th Jingshan Bird Festival where they announced the 7th Asian Bird Fair to be held in Jingshan in November 2016. They also witnessed the awarding of the winners of the inter-school bird race and the winner of the bird photography contest, where Mike was made one of the judges. Cuncaoxin also announced that they would adopt 3 more schools into their network during the closing ceremonies.
When Mike was sent to judge the bird photography contest in a primary school located in the suburbs, he went around the campus and took some photos. Here are some of his photos from his walk.
The ExecComm also visited the school where Cuncaoxin big boss James Chan started his environmental advocacy: his alma mater, San Yang Primary School. Cuncaoxin donated an environmental education center where birdwatching is one of the activities. To date, Cuncaoxin supports more than 70 schools in Jingshan county.
Aside from attending the different activities of the Jingshan Bird Fair, the ExecComm members also had a number of meetings during their trip. The Welcome Dinner was attended by representatives from the city government (Deputy Mayor) and the wildlife protection agency (with a national representative who flew in from Beijing) who pledged to help and support the event.
They also had a meeting in the City Hall which was across the park that will be the venue of the 7th Asian Bird Fair. They met with city officials to formalize the partnership for hosting next year’s big event with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement.
Part of the experience was enjoying the delicious food in Jingshan! Dishes are made from local produce from the farms which are mostly organic. Jingshan takes pride in their rural environment and the freshness of the dishes they serve are testament of that.
For one breakfast, the ExecComm was brought downtown to sample traditional Jingshan breakfast. There were rows of eateries that are only open for breakfast!
There is all these and so much more to see in Jingshan! Coming up in Part 2 are photos from the beautiful scenery in Jingshan and, of course, the birds!