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fish­ing vil­lage also a tourism vil­lage and the brisk tourism has changed the fish­er­men’s way of life. More than 50 fam­i­lies in the vil­lage pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion ser­vices for the vis­i­tors.

Pho­tog­ra­phers from home and abroad flock here every year. In ad­di­tion to ap­pre­ci­at­ing the swans, tourists can taste lo­cal food, such as crab, fried shrimp, fish and Jiaodong bobo, a kind of steamed bun.

Yan­dun­jiao vil­lage at­tracts 100,000 vis­i­tors every year, who gen­er­ate rev­enue of nearly 10 mil­lion yuan. Every day, hun­dreds of pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers from home­and abroad ar­rive to take pho­tos of the swans. To catch th­ese beau­ti­ful mo­ments, some stay for a week or more.

The guest rooms, liv­ing rooms and din­ing rooms of the fam­ily ho­tels in Yan­dun­jiao vil­lage are dec­o­rated with pho­tos of the birds. Many of them, and pic­tures of the sea­weed homes, have won in­ter­na­tional awards.

Wang Xinyu, a young man, has come here for four years in a row to take pho­tos of the swans.

“Swans are birds that at­tract good luck. I like lis­ten­ing to their sounds and see­ing them dance,” Wang said.

The swan lake has be­come a re­search base for wild swans. Uni­ver­si­ties in­clud­ing Shan­dong Univer­sity, Yan­tai Univer­sity, China Acad­emy of Sci­ences and Shan­dong Nor­malUniver­sity, have set up fa­cil­i­ties here.

The lo­cal swan pro­tec­tion of­fice and the Chi­nese Acad­emy of Sci­ences in­stalled satel­lite po­si­tion­ing equip­ment on more than 20 swans last March and in Jan­uary this year to track their mi­gra­tion pat­terns and habits. Teach­ers and stu­dents from Shan­dongUniver­sity stay here for years to ob­serve their num­bers, con­di­tions, as well as the tourists’ in­flu­ence on the liv­ing habits of the birds.

“Swans and hu­man be­ings are liv­ing closer and closer, in­di­cat­ing that wild swans can live in har­mony with man, but over­feed­ing will weaken their abil­ity to sur­vive in the wild,” said Liu Jian, a teacher from Shan­dong Univer­sity.

Swans like liv­ing in groups. They fly to the sea to look for food and then fly to rivers to drink fresh wa­ter.

If swans want to be air­borne, they nod or toss their heads to de­cide whether to take off. Lit­tle swans that are not will­ing to fly will be pecked by the larger birds.

In the morn­ing, swans re­peat­edly clean and comb their feath­ers in the shal­low wa­ter area. When fam­i­lies of swams fight for food, those in­volved­wave their wings and­make loud sounds, chas­ing and bit­ing each other.

Swans are grace­ful and perch in beaches, lakes, reser­voirs and wet­lands. Adult swans can weigh over 7 kilo­grams. When they open their wings, the length can mea­sure more than 1.5 me­ters and they can fly as high as 8000 me­ters.

Qu Rongheng, 62, of Yan­dun­jiao vil­lage, said swans started com­ing here 40 years ago, but it was not un­til the year 2000 that a largenum­ber of swans gath­ered there.

“The swans have made our vil­lage more and more of a bustling place to be,” he said.


Staff of the lo­cal swan pro­tec­tion of­fice in Rongcheng feed the swans with pre­pared food.

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