Cormorant fishing

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Cormorant fishing Yangshuo Reviews

AvelinoL AvelinoL
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Great experience Aug 17, 2007
Don't miss it. It's a program that takes about one hour, suitable to families and all kind of people.

At 7.30 PM a boat (50 RMB per person when we did it) leaves to the river, with a man in a raft paddling at its side. Under a strong light, a few cormorants swim and dive, catching the fish attracted by the light.

They have a ribbon tied in the neck that allows them to swallow only the very small fish. From time to time, the sailor grabs them, and empties their necks into a basket. But, at the end, one of the birds still had three fishes in the throat!

What a show.

I was tempted to believe that the tradition only lives now because of the tourism, but I’m not so sure: along the river lots of cormorants waiting in the rafts make me believe that they keep being useful and that, after the parade of the touristy caravan, life may continue in its traditional way.

NOTE: You will be in a cloud of mosquitoes, so, be prepared, and use repellent in your exposed areas
Cormorant fishing - Yangshuo
Cormorant fishing - Yangshuo
Cormorant fishing - Yangshuo
Cormorant fishing - Yangshuo
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