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Nature and humanity coexist: Avian 'white flowers' bloom in central China's bamboo forests



Standing tall and still, with deep roots, a hollow interior, and a clean exterior, bamboo has long been celebrated in traditional Chinese culture as a symbol of virtues such as resoluteness, integrity, modesty, and simplicity. It has been hailed as one of the "Four Gentlemen," along with the orchid, chrysanthemum, and plum blossom, since ancient times.

In Wugang Village of Longwang Town, Hubei Province's Xiangyang City, a verdant forest of this cherished plant opens its lush and green "arms," offering a safe and welcoming home to diverse flocks of egrets and herons.

In return, these graceful and vibrant birds, frolicking, soaring, nesting, and playing among the bamboo, adorn the forest like blooming "white flowers."

This harmonious scene is made possible by the dedicated efforts of the local residents. In recent years, these diligent and caring bird guardians have consistently worked to protect local wetlands and bamboo forests including setting up bird-watching shelters on rooftops to better safeguard their feathered friends. Additionally, they've also devoted themselves to practicing green, organic rice-shrimp farming in the town, avoiding the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, thus helping to provide a bountiful food source for their avian neighbors.

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