"Raising birds was my childhood wish. What I love most about the Hwamei bird is that it sings and doesn't talk. The Hwamei has thousands of wonderful voices."

Mr. Zhou


Mr. Zhou was born and raised in Shanghai. He worked as a government driver for forty-four years, first as a truck driver, then as a chauffeur for government officials. He retired to Zhudi eleven years ago. He raises Hwamei birds and takes them to the Temple Square in Zhudi every morning at sunrise. 

Hwamei Birds

The Chinese hwamei or melodious laughingthrush is a passerine bird of eastern Asia in the family Leiothrichidae. The name "hwamei" comes from the Chinese 画眉 (huà-méi) and means "painted eyebrow"[2] referring to the distinctive marking around the bird's eyes. The species is a popular cagebird because of its attractive song.

It is 21 to 25 cm long with broad, rounded wings and a fan-shaped tail. The plumage is mostly reddish-brown with dark steaks on the crown, back and throat. There is a white ring around the eye which extends backwards as a white stripe. The bill and feet are yellowish. Birds on Hainan Island (L. c. owstoni) are paler below and more olive-coloured above. The Taiwan hwamei is greyer and more streaked and lacks the white markings on the head.

The song is a loud, clear, varied whistling with regular repetition and imitations of other birds. The call is a rasping whistle or rattle.

More on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_hwamei

History of Shanghai

The history of Shanghai spans over a thousand years and closely parallels the development of modern China. Originally a small agricultural village, Shanghai developed during the late Qing dynasty (1644–1912) as one of China's principal trading ports. 

It is now the most populous city proper in the world, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2014. It is a global financial centre and transport hub, with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta, Shanghai sits on the south edge of the mouth of the Yangtze in the middle portion of China's eastern seaboard.

More on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Shanghai