00:00:06 NARRATOR: From the eastern end of the Great Wall,
00:00:20 This is the area which shows the greatest contrast
00:00:22 between China's past and its future.
00:00:37 Today China's eastern seaboard
00:00:40 is home to 700 million people,
00:00:43 packed into some of the most dazzling hi-tech cities on earth.
00:00:51 Yet these crowded shores remain hugely important for a wealth of wildlife.
00:01:02 Now, as ancient traditions mingle with new aspirations,
00:01:07 is there any room at all for wildlife on China's crowded shores?
00:01:52 In northern China's Zhalong Nature Reserve,
00:01:56 a pair of red-crowned cranes have staked out their nesting territory
00:02:01 in the stubble of a commercially managed reed bed.
00:02:07 For centuries, cranes have been revered in China
00:02:09 as symbols of longevity.
00:02:12 Their statues were placed next to the Emperor's throne.
00:02:23 The cranes have cause to celebrate.
00:02:27 This chick is a sign of hope in difficult times.
00:02:32 Red-crowned cranes are one of the world's most endangered species.
00:02:38 Over the last century,
00:02:40 China has lost nearly half of its coastal wetlands
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