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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Modern Relaxing, Old Practices

This bird is one of many in Beijing Language and Culture University's Bird Garden. Tying birds into cages like this one is a traditional practice. Many of the birds are bright colors with special features. This man relaxes with his smart phone next to them. Amazed at how close I could be to the bird, this feeling quickly dissipated into sympathy for the animal's plight. The man blew smoke at the bird and asked, "Cute, huh?"

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Date Taken: 08.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Beijing, China
Camera: iPhone 5
Copyright: © Jessica Crawford