00:00:05 NARRATOR: From the eastern end of the Great Wall,
00:00:19 This is the area which shows the greatest contrast
00:00:21 between China's past and its future.
00:00:36 Today China's eastern seaboard
00:00:39 is home to 700 million people,
00:00:42 packed into some of the most dazzling hi-tech cities on earth.
00:00:50 Yet these crowded shores remain hugely important for a wealth of wildlife.
00:01:01 Now, as ancient traditions mingle with new aspirations,
00:01:06 is there any room at all for wildlife on China's crowded shores?
00:01:51 In northern China's Zhalong Nature Reserve,
00:01:55 a pair of red-crowned cranes have staked out their nesting territory
00:01:59 in the stubble of a commercially managed reed bed.
00:02:06 For centuries, cranes have been revered in China
00:02:08 as symbols of longevity.
00:02:11 Their statues were placed next to the Emperor's throne.
00:02:22 The cranes have cause to celebrate.
00:02:26 This chick is a sign of hope in difficult times.
00:02:31 Red-crowned cranes are one of the world's most endangered species.
00:02:37 Over the last century,
00:02:39 China has lost nearly half of its coastal wetlands
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