This Sunday August 12 marks World Elephant Day, and since August 1st, the "Giant of the Mainland -- Elephant Science Popularization Exhibition" has been showcased in National Wetland Museum of China. It is jointly hosted by National Wetland Museum of China and Shanghai Science Technology Museum. The exhibition is divided into three sections: "elephant family", "giant body" and "conflict and protection".
At the entrance of the exhibition, the images of eight typical elephants of different periods are restored into huge paintings. Sound equipment is set up before each painting, so you can listen to an introduction of each elephant. In the second section, we can learn a series of interesting facts relating to elephants, such as how big elephants are, the sound their heart beats make, how their excrement can be used, and how elephants "make phone calls" with their trunks. A series of documentaries, including one of Yao Ming, a former NBA star and animal protection ambassador, are played in the screening room, showing the plight of elephants and the bloody reality of poaching. Currently, the number of African elephants worldwide is less than 470,000 and is declining at a rate of 20,000 to 30,000 per year.
While watching these informative documentaries, everyone will understand the urgency of protecting elephants and wild animals and putting an end to trading and killing animals.
Time: August 1st-October 31st, 2018
Place: the 3rd floor of National Wetland Museum of China, 402 Mt. Tianmu Rd, Xihu District, Hangzhou
Fee: 10 yuan per person, free for children below 1.3 meters tall
Opening time: 09:00-16:30 every Tuesday to Sunday (no entry after 16:00)
In Jiande, there is an ancient town that has experienced thousands of years of wind and rain. It has a beautiful name called Meicheng (Plum Blossom Town). Meicheng was the state town of the then Yanzhou and is now the county town of Jiande. It has a history of 1700 years.