From shelducks to snowy mountains in China


This video is called Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) on the island of Texel in the Netherlands.

On 30 March 2018, our journey started. On the way to our airport of departure, we saw a shelduck couple and a male tufted duck in a ditch. In a lakelet just before the airport, a great crested grebe.

Our aircraft flew to the east for a long time. It became 31 March.

Qilian mountains, 31 March 2018

We flew south of the snowy Qilian mountains in China; shown on this cellphone photo.

The plane approached its destination.

This January 2017 video is about an aircraft landing in Chengdu, China.

This 2015 video says about itself:

Chengdu International Airport (China) – Terminal 1 to Terminal 2

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (IATA: CTU, ICAO: ZUUU) is the major international airport serving Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan Province. Located about 16 kilometres (10 mi) southwest of downtown Chengdu to the north of Shuangliu County, Shuangliu airport is an important aviation hub to Western China. Shuangliu Airport is one of the two core hubs for Air China, together with Beijing, as well as the main hub and headquarters for Sichuan Airlines and Chengdu Airlines. China Eastern Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Lucky Airlines and Tibet Airlines also have bases at Shuangliu Airport.

Shuangliu Airport handled 37.5 million passengers in 2014. It was among world’s top 40 busiest airport in 2014, the 5th busiest in mainland China, and the busiest in western and central China. It was also the 5th busiest airport in terms of cargo traffic in China for 2013. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport becomes the 4th busiest airport in China and the 5th busiest one in Greater China by 2015.

The airport, formerly named Shuangguisi Airport, opened as an auxiliary military airfield in 1938 during the Second Sino-Japanese War/World War II. At the time, its runway was only large enough for small biplanes. It was also where the Republic of China Air Force Polikarpov I-15 fighters of the 5th Pursuit Group were based for aerial defense of the Chengdu area against Imperial Japanese bomber raids; this following the Chinese retreat from Wuhan to Chongqing as the new provisional capital in aftermath of the Battle of Wuhan against the Imperial Japanese onslaught. Civilian targets were indiscriminately bombed, and ace fighter pilot of the Chinese Air Force Major Wong Sun-shui and Lieutenant Lin Heng (younger brother of renowned architect and poet Lin Huiyin) flying in their I-15 fighter planes were both killed near Shuangliu air base as a result of battling against the world’s best fighter aircraft of the time, the A6M “Zero” (Reisen) fighter, in defense of Chengdu on 14 March 1941. …

On December 12, 1956, the Shuangguisi Airport was put under civil aviation, which was then formally listed as a civil aviation airport and renamed Chengdu Shuangliu Airport. In 1957, the flights of Chengdu civil aviation were shifted to Shuangliu Airport from Guanghan Airport. The flight courses from Chengdu were thus opened to various cities within China including Beijing, Taiyuan, Xi’an, Chongqing, Kunming, Guiyang, Nanchong, etc. The airport went through several earlier expansions in 1959, 1967, 1983 and 1991 respectively. …

The airport is now an international civil airport with flights to more than 50 international destinations and over 170 domestic airports, and is a hub for Chengdu Airlines, Air China and Sichuan Airlines. It is linked to downtown Chengdu by Airport Expressway and Chengdu – Mianyang/E’meishan High-speed Railway.

On 31 March 2018 we arrived at Chengdu airport in Sichuan province in China. We went there, not for the Good Person of Szechwan, known from the Brecht play; but to see beautiful pheasants and other birds.

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