From early winter to early spring, Sanmenxia plays host to an interesting, intimate group of friends --- white swans. These magnificent birds make a long 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.

The amount of swans in the city has increased to over 10,000, accounting for one-tenth of their global population. The swans, forest and wetland have a harmonious relationship in Sanmenxia.

Photos reveal beautiful Sanmenxia

A popular collection of photographs featuring swans has proven to be a successful ploy to promote Sanmenxia, in Henan province, as the "swan city". Read More