A Journey through Southern China ~ Guilin

When I was living in China, I was given 4 weeks off for the Chinese New Year Period. I knew I couldn’t waste the time I had staying around Shanghai, so planned a trip through Southern China.

The Journey Route began in Shanghai, With a Flight to Guilin (3days), Followed by a Boat Ride down the Lijiang River to Yangshuo (3days), A Train to Shenzhen followed by a Bus to Hong Kong (few days) and finishing off with a journey to Shanghai from Guangzhou.

Cormorant Fishing in Guilin

This very traditional form of fishing it specific to this area of China. Fisherman use trained Cormorant Birds to fish in the rivers by  controling the birds. The fishermen tie a snare near the base of the bird’s throat. This prevents the birds from swallowing larger fish, which are held in their throat, but the birds can swallow smaller fish. When a cormorant has caught a fish in its throat, the fisherman brings the bird back to the boat and has the bird spit the fish up.

I was lucky enough to see the fisherman doing this along the Lijiang in Guilin. Due to the mist, the photographs have not come out as clear as the could have.

Another tradition we spotted in Guilin was an old Chinese man spending his free time paint on the ground. He carried water and and large brush and did caligraphy along the pavement, it was beautiful.


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