To take pictures for next Thrush Cultural Festival, you need to wait for eleven months. But in Huochang, a village in the northwest of north-western Hunan which is a world of birds, the communication between people who feed birds has been freed from spatial and time limitations.
(1) Location

Yuanling is located in the northwest of Hunan. Huochang is in the northwest of Yuanling, and is 108 kilometres away from the county town.

Situated in the southeast of Wuling hillside, Huochang is witnessing the northeast end of Xuefeng Mountain winding into the south. Here the hillsides and valleys are interlacing with favourable vegetations constituting a world of mountains with low and middle height, which attracts birds of all sorts.
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(2) The Aviculture History of Huochang

It is said that in the Eastern Han Dynasty, the imperial court intended to vanquish the barbarian tribes in the south. The Huochang people were hiding in Wuyuan Cave where birds used to play around. The warriors saw the birds and took it for granted that there was no person in the cave, so they did not search the cave and the Huochang people were rescued. Since then on, the traditions of feeding and loving birds was passed down in Huochang. The Huochang people have suffered a lot from aviculture. 1934 was a tough year, especially to those birds lovers. Even so, majority of Huochang people still kept the traditional habit.

In the early period of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the leaders did not favour the aviculture. Sometimes there was even a denouncement meeting to birds breeders. As a popular saying goes at that moment the poorest person is the thrush breeder.

Zhou Chun is the chairman of Birds Competition Association of Huochang (BCA), which was established in June 2009. He is a young man about thirty-odd years old and plans to industrialise the aviculture and fowling in Huochang. He does not negate the facts that the bird-breeders in Huochang are going to be made up of aging groups as majority of the 130 members in the association are senior people.
Although injured, the Thrush No.2 and Thrush No.22 are still fighting against each other.
(3) Bird-breeders

The Birds Competition has caught the eyes of bird-breeders and bird lovers.

Senior bird breeders-a unique scene in Huochang In this world of birds, bird breeders are not restricted to time and spatial limits. The three bird breeders we met here are aged 64, 72, and 76 who are all very proud of this ancient hobby. It is a unique scene in Huochang.
Fu Mingguo, Vice-chairman of Birds Competition Association
November 1st 2009 welocmes the opening of the Yuanling Thrush Culture Festival (Huochang). As the vice-chairman of BCA, Mr. Fu was actually not happy at all, he felt a deep pity as his thrush missed the competition.
The non-native aviculture learner
In Huochang, ZhangRuxing is a non-native people learning the aviculture here. There are four bronze whistles with different sizes in his hands, "The fowling, feeding and whistle blowing in aviculture are all very important." said Mr. Zhang.
The siffleurs can make different kinds of birdcalls by controlling their breaths. This is just a foundation course for Huochang people.
Fu Mingguo, Vice-chairman of Birds Competition Association
November 1st 2009 welocmes the opening of the Yuanling Thrush Culture Festival (Huochang). As the vice-chairman of BCA, Mr. Fu was actually not happy at all, he felt a deep pity as his thrush missed the competition.
The non-native aviculture learner
In Huochang, ZhangRuxing is a non-native people learning the aviculture here. There are four bronze whistles with different sizes in his hands, "The fowling, feeding and whistle blowing in aviculture are all very important." said Mr. Zhang.
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