On my first trips, mainly in China, I was impressed by the chirping of the birds and with all the affection that the owners treated them during parts of the day. They have a ritual of taking the cages off and leaving the birds hanging in the trees so that they can enjoy in the open air - sometimes twice a day - and communicate with each other.

Chinese people are extremely superstitious and possessing birds or other things is synonymous with good luck. Bird is the symbol of freedom and happiness. Birds can also be used to symbolize love and commitment, or good luck and abundance. 

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