Sanmenxia, dubbed as the 'City of Swans', is perhaps the best place along the Yellow River to appreciate swans from early winter to early spring.
From early winter to early spring, Sanmenxia plays host to an interesting, intimate group of friends -- white swans. These magnificent birds journey from Siberia to this location, where they can be seen in the hundreds of thousands, flying freely over a broad, rippling lake surface. They paddle about, forage, then rest peacefully in the beautiful landscape, attracting watchers from all over the world.
Starting in August 2002, the municipal government embarked on a project to enlarge the city's Shanzhou Park into Swan Lake State Urban Wetland Park, creating a suitable habitat for swans.
It consists of three parts, namely, the original Shanzhou Park, the Swan-Watching Zone, and the ecological forest along the Yellow River.
In February 2007, the wetland was recognized as the only national urban wetland park in Henan province. The city was rewarded as the 'Home of Swans' by the China Wildlife Conservation Association in March 2010.
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