A True Story

This work of sublime art was produced by the City of Shanghai.

It is based on a true story that took place in China in the late 1980s. Xu Xiu Juan, a girl born in a cplace in northern China, had loved red crown cranes since her earliest childhood. After graduating from university, she travelled very far, to Yangcheng Nature Reserve, to care for these cranes. But one day, when she tried to save an injured crane, she slipped into a swamp. The crane was saved but the girl never came up again to the surface.

The red crown crane (Grus japonensis) is an endangered species and, contrary to what its latin name implies, is not found solely in Japan. This stunningly graceful bird with a bright red crown overwinters in China and Korea, and is also found in Siberia and on Hokkaido Island, at the northern end of the Japanese archipelago.

Red crown cranes are gregarious animals that live in flocks. Early each spring, before the nesting season, they engage in a very unique ballet, a mating dance in which the potential partners combine jumps, bows, greetings and flapping of wings with other carefully calculated movements.

The moving story of this girl, told far and wide across the breadth of China, has touched the hearts of thousands of people. To pay tribute to the wonderful spirit of the girl who saved the crane but lost her own life, a song has been composed to tell this story. The song’s title is… A True Story.

crowned crane

The true story of Xu Xiu Juan took place in China in the late 1980s. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com

grue à tête rouge

The red crown crane (Grus japonensis) is an endangered species. Red crown cranes are gregarious animals that live in flocks. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com

japanese crane

Contrary to what its latin name (Grus japonensis) implies, this crane is not found solely in Japan. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com

chine crane crowned

This stunningly graceful bird with a bright red crown overwinters in China and Korea. It is also found in Siberia and on Hokkaido Island, at the northern end of the Japanese archipelago. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com

danse des grues

 Early each spring, before the nesting season, they engage in a very unique ballet, a mating dance in which the potential partners combine jumps, bows, greetings and flapping of wings with other carefully calculated movements. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com

crown crane

 The moving story of this girl, told far and wide across the breadth of China, has touched the hearts of thousands of people. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com

girl et crane

To pay tribute to the wonderful spirit of the girl who saved the crane but lost her own life, a song has been composed to tell this story. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com

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