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01-05-2012 09:06 BJT

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Over the last few days we've been covering the many ways to enjoy the New Year holidays. Well, it's not just people who've been getting out and about, in Shanxi Province, flocks of swans have been sampling the fresh January weather -- much to the delight of local bird watchers.

It's one of many specialist outdoor pursuits enjoyed in China, which we'll find out about now, but let's start with those swans.

Sanhewan Wetland near Pinglu County in Shanxi Province is a cozy place for swans to spend the winter.

This year, around two thousand of them have stayed on, instead of flying south.

Sanhewan Wetland near Pinglu County in Shanxi Province is a cozy place for swans to spend
the winter.

That's why thousands of bird spotters are here, in spite of the freezing weather.

Xu Boxun, amateur photographer, said, "I've always wanted to take some photos of wild swans. It's good to be here, it means I don't have to travel far to the south."

Sanhewan Wetland near Pinglu County in Shanxi Province is a cozy place for swans to spend
the winter.

In Guangdong Province, where the winter is moist and warm, Guanyin Mountain National Forest Park is a must see attraction for visitors from the north.

Mountain climbing and cable car rides are just two of the activities on offer, for those seeking a healthy and athletic holiday.

A tourist said, "Climbing mountains is a great form of exercise."

After the strenuous efforts of the day, a chance to unwind -- with an ethnic song and dance show. 50-thousand people are thought to have visited the forest park during the three-day new year holiday.

Heading to Huizhou city, it's the delicate seafood cuisine that triggers tourists' taste buds. Tourism to the area grows by about 40 percent around new year, and local restaurant owners prepare special dishes, mostly featuring freshly caught shellfish and cuttlefish.

Some tourists can even take their meals sitting in a spring water spa.

Relaxation and splendid seafood, what better way to see in the start of 2012?

Sanhewan Wetland near Pinglu County in Shanxi Province is a cozy place for swans to spend
the winter.

Sanhewan Wetland near Pinglu County in Shanxi Province is a cozy place for swans to spend
the winter.

Sanhewan Wetland near Pinglu County in Shanxi Province is a cozy place for swans to spend
the winter.

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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