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Cormorant Fishing - what an experience!

Loved today! We were picked up by a taxi at 8.30am to take us to a village on the lake about 45mins north of here where we could witness cormorant fishing. We arrived at the lake & were welcomed by a Bai girl dressed in traditional clothes who spoke a little english.

We paid 50 Yuan each about $8 AUS & boarded a small boat & were rowed out into the lake. The lake was amazing & just like glass & not a sound could be heard except the dipping of the oars in the water.

The cormorant boat rowed up next to us - they had about 12 birds sitting on the edge of the boat. The bird man picked them up by the neck & dropped them into the water. He started slapping the water with the oar & singing something - obviously the birds signal. They started diving under water & then one surfaced with a big fish in its mouth. It swam to the boat & was scooped out of the water in a fish net & stood on the edge of the net with the fish in its mouth to show off its catch. The birdman took the fish & seemed to put a reward in the birds mouth. Next another did the same! It was so cool!!

The birdman came alongside our boat & came on board hanging onto 2 birds by their necks & placed them on our head & then outstretched arms. Such clever birds & so cool to see what they do.

Rowed back into shore past trees that wre turning golden for Autumn. Was just so peaceful.

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The welcoming back band started up a tune as we disembarked - terible noise.... very funny & we gave them a clap!

Driving back we stopped in an old village & paid $1 each to go through this old family residence. I was unable to find out how old it was but it was a traditional home & massive with 4 internal courtyards, 2 storeys high & hundreds of rooms & staircases linking this maze together. Would be beautiful if restored. Wandered back through markets where women carry heavy loads in baskets on their back & by a band around their forehead. They also use horse & cart for transport.

Back to the hostel for lunch & now about to catch the 1.30pm bus to Lijiang & should take 3 1/2 hours. Couldn't book any accom online last night - said it was all full but should be able to find something when we arrive. I hope!! Poor Nath is feeling sick in the stomach again so just gave him more medicine

Now in Lijiang.... Took about 4 hours, over the mountains, some scary moments but here safe & sound. Loved the countryside near Lijiang where the rice fields were a golden colour against the white houses they had there.

Pulled in at 5.45pm & got on a local bus that dropped us at Old Town ( Couldn't do it without names written in chinese at the guesthouses). Only cost 1 yuan each. Grabbed a map in Old Town & it is amazing & huge & one of the prettiest towns I have ever seen with its narrow cobble stoned streets & alleys only for pedestrian use. We walked & walked loking for hostels - saw hundreds of guesthouses!! After 40 mins or so we saw a westerner about 50 m in front of us with a backpavck so we hoped she knew where she was going & stalked her to a hostel. Would you believe it was full!!! They recomended a place 50 m up the road where we got a 3 bed room for 30 Yuan each.

Now 7pm so we dropped our stuff off & went out to explore the town. It is stunning at night with shop roofes all lit up, red lanterns filling the alleys & so many people when you get to the main central area that is jam packed full of shops & cafes. Hardly see any westermners, they are mostly chinese tourists.

Walked down Bar St which has so many places all competing with noise & playing the loudest techno music & had girls dancing inside in traditional costumes. Inside were wooden tables & they provede blocks of wood on the table for you to bang the table to the beat of the music!!! We only did a small section so we wouldn't get lost & grabbed some food on the way home. We are on the edge of old town area so the streets were pretty empty as we walked home around 9.30pm

Glassy lake

Glassy lake


Glassy lake

Glassy lake


Our rowing driver

Our rowing driver


On the lake

On the lake


The cormorant boat pulls up

The cormorant boat pulls up


Dropping the birds in the water

Dropping the birds in the water


Bird & fish scooped up

Bird & fish scooped up


Clever bird showing off his catch

Clever bird showing off his catch


And another one

And another one


Showing off his fish

Showing off his fish


Our Bai girl guide

Our Bai girl guide


Nath holding up the birds - they were heavy

Nath holding up the birds - they were heavy


Now on the head!

Now on the head!


My turn now!

My turn now!


Now the arms!

Now the arms!


Now both of us

Now both of us


Saying goodbye to cormorant man

Saying goodbye to cormorant man


Nath put to work rowing

Nath put to work rowing


Nath & the guide

Nath & the guide


Our welcoming & departing band

Our welcoming & departing band


Traditional family home & courtyard

Traditional family home & courtyard


Horse& cart

Horse& cart


Scenery between Dali & Lijiang

Scenery between Dali & Lijiang


Canals in Lijiang

Canals in Lijiang


Golden rice fields & white houses

Golden rice fields & white houses


Double arched stone bridge - very old

Double arched stone bridge - very old


View from our restaurant

View from our restaurant


Willows & canals

Willows & canals

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in China

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