The Chinese bird cage culture has been hundreds of years. In China, especially in ancient time, owning a good bird cage is the symbol of social status of the rich men or the high officials.
The bird cage culture was quiet different in South China and North China before.
In south China, a bird cage is usually made of bamboo because of the humid condition. The shape of a cage is mostly square with a domed top. It’s more exquisite comparing with the workmanship of North China. The hook is swivelable.
In North China, due to the dry condition, a bird cage can be also made of wood and rattan. The shape of a cage is mostly round with a flat top. People like to decorate the cage with gold, silver, jade, gemstone and even ivory. The cage is usually luxury but very sturdy. The hook is usually not swivelable.
But nowadays, the Chinese bird cage culture is not that different between the North and the South. Most of the cages in traditional styles are combined with the advantages of the North and the South.
The below is an exquisite traditional Chinese bird cage with lots of woodcarving jobs by a modern Chinese.
These are some antique Chinese traditional bird cages.