The Last Pigeon Whistler of Old Beijing

By Paul Chapman

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Book Description

Flying pigeons with flutes attached to their tail feathers has been a Beijing sport for centuries. However this rarely observed sport is increasingly difficult to maintain in the modern city. The pigeon fanciers are an almost invisible community and it is not easy to get the introductions. The book is a photo-documentary covering several meetings over the past few years. It is a place marker for a, perhaps, more detailed account when the current COVID 19 restrictions are lifted.

More About the Author

Paul Chapman is known in the kite community as a kite historian and researcher into the kites and kite flying traditions of Asia. His photography aims not only to capture the moment, but also to provide details that might otherwise remain unknown.