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Birdcage maker, money maker

By : InKunming|Updated: 2011-11-08

Zhang Shuguo, a birdcage making master, makes the artwork of a birdcage in Huilong Village, Jincheng Town, Jinning County. The bamboo can not be bent until burnt by fire. [Photo/ Lang Xiaowei]

Do you know how much a bamboo bird cage is worth?

In Yunnan, a bamboo bird cage value worth thousands or even tens of thousands of yuan. And buyers flock to purchase even though there is no advertising.

It's not Fantasy. Similar scenes can be found everywhere in Sanzhuang village of Jingcheng Town,

Zhang Shuguo (张树国), the Chairman of Jingcheng Bamboo Association that was established in 2006, is responsible for the sales task of bamboo bird cages. Walking into his office, various bamboo bird cages are placed everywhere. Those finished birdcages that made by villagers were delivered to his office.

“There is basically no inventory in the village, and all of birdcages had been sold out,” Zhang Shuguo said. A total of 64 households in Sanzhuang Village engaged on making bird cages for many years. They first started selling bird cages in the Jingxing Bird and Flower Market of Kunming. At present, birdcages have been sold to other provinces of China, such as: Guangdong and Fujian.

Generally, the price for each birdcage is 200-300 yuan, according to a calculation based on ordinary bird cage (no engraving).The sales revenue in 64 households reaches nearly 5 million yuan a year.

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