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China's pigeon fanciers race for fame and fortune
In China, where pigeon racing has a long history, economic development has allowed the sport to spread beyond the ultra-wealthy. Today, thousands of pigeon fanciers are pouring their time and money into breeding champion hopefuls.
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCVI
December 11, 2020
Pigeon owner Yu Yuguang, 57, blows a whistle as he feeds his racing pigeons in his pigeon loft in Shanghai,...
Shanghai, China
Pigeon owner Yu Yuguang feeds his racing pigeons in his pigeon loft in Shanghai
Pigeon owner Yu Yuguang, 57, blows a whistle as he feeds his racing pigeons in his pigeon loft in Shanghai, China November 22, 2020. Picture taken November 22, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCWB
December 11, 2020
Racing pigeons are released from cages on the back of a truck for a 1000 km race in Langfang, Hebei province,...
LANGFANG, China
Racing pigeons are released from cages on the back of a truck for a race in Langfang
Racing pigeons are released from cages on the back of a truck for a 1000 km race in Langfang, Hebei province, China November 20, 2020. Picture taken November 20, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCW7
December 11, 2020
Men look at a racing pigeon during an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing, China November...
Beijing, China
Men look at a racing pigeon during an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing
Men look at a racing pigeon during an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing, China November 27, 2020. Picture taken November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCXC
December 11, 2020
A man places a bid during an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing, China November 27,...
Beijing, China
Man places a bid during an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing
A man places a bid during an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing, China November 27, 2020. Picture taken November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCWA
December 11, 2020
A man looks at racing pigeons to be sold at an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing,...
Beijing, China
Man looks at racing pigeons to be sold at an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing
A man looks at racing pigeons to be sold at an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing, China November 27, 2020. Picture taken November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCW9
December 11, 2020
Racing pigeon breeder and trainer Zhao Zhiqiang (R) and his friend look at images of pigeons at his brother's...
Taiyuan, China
Racing pigeon breeder and trainer Zhao Zhiqiang and his friend look at images of pigeons at his brother's...
Racing pigeon breeder and trainer Zhao Zhiqiang (R) and his friend look at images of pigeons at his brother's loft in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China December 2, 2020. Picture taken December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCV9
December 11, 2020
Pigeon owner Yu Yuguang, 57, shows his pigeon that won a 1000 km race from Langfang, in his pigeon loft...
Shanghai, China
Pigeon owner Yu Yuguang shows his pigeon that won a race from Langfang, in his pigeon loft in Shanghai...
Pigeon owner Yu Yuguang, 57, shows his pigeon that won a 1000 km race from Langfang, in his pigeon loft in Shanghai, China November 22, 2020. Picture taken November 22, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCVH
December 11, 2020
A man holding a cage arrives at a registration centre to sign up racing pigeons for a 1000 km race from...
Shanghai, China
Man arrives at a registration centre to sign up racing pigeons for a race from Langfang, in Shanghai
A man holding a cage arrives at a registration centre to sign up racing pigeons for a 1000 km race from Langfang, in Shanghai, China November 17, 2020. Picture taken November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCVT
December 11, 2020
Staff members move cages containing racing pigeons to prepare them for a 1000 km race from Langfang,...
Shanghai, China
Staff members move cages containing racing pigeons to prepare them for a race from Langfang, in Shanghai...
Staff members move cages containing racing pigeons to prepare them for a 1000 km race from Langfang, at a registration centre in Shanghai, China November 17, 2020. Picture taken November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCVV
December 11, 2020
A staff member registers a racing pigeon into the system to prepare it for a 1000 km race from Langfang,...
Shanghai, China
Staff member registers a racing pigeon to prepare it for a race from Langfang, in Shanghai
A staff member registers a racing pigeon into the system to prepare it for a 1000 km race from Langfang, at a registration centre in Shanghai, China November 17, 2020. Picture taken November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCVP
December 11, 2020
Staff members place racing pigeons in cages on the back of a truck to prepare them for a 1000 km race...
Shanghai, China
Staff members place racing pigeons in cages on the back of a truck to prepare them for a race from Langfang,...
Staff members place racing pigeons in cages on the back of a truck to prepare them for a 1000 km race from Langfang, at a registration centre in Shanghai, China November 17, 2020. Picture taken November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCW4
December 11, 2020
Staff members check documents on a car before a 1000 km pigeon race in Langfang, Hebei province, China...
LANGFANG, China
Staff members check documents on a car before a pigeon race in Langfang
Staff members check documents on a car before a 1000 km pigeon race in Langfang, Hebei province, China November 20, 2020. Picture taken November 20, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCVK
December 11, 2020
A staff member stamps ink on the wing of a racing pigeon to prepare it for a 1000 km race from Langfang,...
Shanghai, China
Staff member stamps ink on the wing of a racing pigeon to prepare it for a race from Langfang, in Shanghai...
A staff member stamps ink on the wing of a racing pigeon to prepare it for a 1000 km race from Langfang, at a registration centre in Shanghai, China November 17, 2020. Picture taken November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCW8
December 11, 2020
Staff members set up a banner on a truck containing racing pigeons before a 1000 km race in Langfang,...
LANGFANG, China
Staff members set up a banner on a truck containing racing pigeons before a race in Langfang
Staff members set up a banner on a truck containing racing pigeons before a 1000 km race in Langfang, Hebei province, China November 20, 2020. Picture taken November 20, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCW5
December 11, 2020
A racing pigeon flies in the loft of breeder Zhao Zhiqiang in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China December...
Taiyuan, China
Racing pigeon flies in the loft of breeder Zhao Zhiqiang in Taiyuan
A racing pigeon flies in the loft of breeder Zhao Zhiqiang in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China December 2, 2020. Picture taken December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCW6
December 11, 2020
A staff member places a racing pigeon on the stage during an auction organised by a pigeon racing club...
Beijing, China
Staff member places a racing pigeon on the stage during an auction organised by a pigeon racing club...
A staff member places a racing pigeon on the stage during an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing, China November 27, 2020. Picture taken November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCW3
December 11, 2020
Racing pigeons sit in the loft of breeder Zhao Zhiqiang in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China December 2,...
Taiyuan, China
Racing pigeons sit in the loft of breeder Zhao Zhiqiang in Taiyuan
Racing pigeons sit in the loft of breeder Zhao Zhiqiang in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China December 2, 2020. Picture taken December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCW2
December 11, 2020
Racing pigeon breeder and trainer Zhao Zhiqiang feeds his pigeons in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China...
Taiyuan, China
Racing pigeon breeder and trainer Zhao Zhiqiang feeds his pigeons in Taiyuan
Racing pigeon breeder and trainer Zhao Zhiqiang feeds his pigeons in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China December 2, 2020. Picture taken December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCVW
December 11, 2020
People look at racing pigeons to be sold at an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing,...
Beijing, China
People look at racing pigeons to be sold at an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing
People look at racing pigeons to be sold at an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing, China November 27, 2020. Picture taken November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCVU
December 11, 2020
Racing pigeon breeder and trainer Zhao Zhiqiang climbs up to the loft that houses his pigeons in Taiyuan,...
Taiyuan, China
Racing pigeon breeder and trainer Zhao Zhiqiang climbs up to the loft that houses his pigeons in Taiyuan...
Racing pigeon breeder and trainer Zhao Zhiqiang climbs up to the loft that houses his pigeons in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China December 2, 2020. Picture taken December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCVO
December 11, 2020
Men line up to enter their racing pigeons into a 1000 km race from Langfang, at a registration centre...
Shanghai, China
Men line up to enter their racing pigeons into a race from Langfang, at a registration centre in Shanghai...
Men line up to enter their racing pigeons into a 1000 km race from Langfang, at a registration centre in Shanghai, China November 17, 2020. Picture taken November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCVN
December 11, 2020
A racing pigeon sits in a cage before an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing, China...
Beijing, China
Racing pigeon sits in a cage before an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing
A racing pigeon sits in a cage before an auction organised by a pigeon racing club in Beijing, China November 27, 2020. Picture taken November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
CHINA-PIGEON/
RTX8FCVJ
December 11, 2020
Racing pigeons sit in the loft of breeder Zhao Zhiqiang in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China December 2,...
Taiyuan, China
Racing pigeons sit in the loft of breeder Zhao Zhiqiang in Taiyuan
Racing pigeons sit in the loft of breeder Zhao Zhiqiang in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China December 2, 2020. Picture taken December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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