Cormorant Fishing in Yangshuo

In Yangshuo, cormorants are famous for fishing on the shallow Li River. Cormorant is a bird, which under the control of the fishermen. Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method in which fishermen use trained cormorants to fish in rivers. Historically, cormorant fishing has taken place in China, Japan and in some other countries worldwide. In Europe, cormorant fishing took place in the 16th to 17th centuries which mostly in England and France. But now, this traditional method of fishing with trained cormorant birds is still practiced in Yangshuo. And the cormorant fishing is one of the must see programs in Yangshuo trip.

Cormorant Fishing in Yangshuo China

  To control the cormorant, 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 smaller one except. 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. Though cormorant fishing once was a prosperity industry, today it is mainly used for the tourism industry.

Cormorant Fishing in Li River Yangshuo

 Cormorant fishing in the Li River has a history of thousands of years; there are still four methods of cormorant fishing. First, surrounding the fishing by nets during the day then make the cormorant into water to catch the fish into the net called “with nets"; Second, along the river, the fishermen go along with cormorant called "put drift"; Third, staying in the Li River and letting cormorant fishing called "let drift"; Finally, the most exciting fishing methods, called "fish fire", local fishermen call it "fight night fire”. It works at night. In the previous, a fire basket was light in the front of raft to illuminate the river so that the cormorant can see the fish in the river and cash it easily, then the fire basket was developed to "gas lamps” lighting, and now use the " generators " .

Now, the historical wonderful cormorant fishing has embarked on the tour route and visitors can watch cormorant fishing closely on boat.


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