Fishing is not always a matter of cane poles
and shaded river banks. In parts of China, a diving
aquatic bird called a cormorant has been used to catch
fish for centuries. Fishermen give performances for
riverside audiences, both by daylight and by torchlight
at night. After receiving the order from fisherman,
the well-trained cormorants will dive into the water
to hunt for fish. They are able to stay submerged under
water without taking a breath for a long period of time.
When they succeed in catching a fish, they proudly swim
back to the raft and show off to the fisherman. The
fisherman usually rewards them with one or two very
small fish to encourage them. A band is fastened around
the cormorant 's slender neck, so that decent-sized
fish cannot be swallowed. The birds are fed and housed
by their owners. A well-trained bird, still a valuable
asset, can catch enough fish daily to feed a family.
This way of fishing was once
the primary method used by fishermen on
the Li River. It has since been largely
replaced by more modern methods, but is
still an enjoyable recreational activity
for locals. It also brings in good revenue
through the evening entertainment shows
for tourists from all over the world. Some
of our tours allow you to get on the boats
with the fishermen and the cormorants. The
whole event is really memorable and something
you won't want to miss.
Yunnan is a perfect showpiece of China's
many natural wonders, rugged, wild, and unspoiled. The province
is famed for its multitude of ethnic groups, of China's fifty-five
officially recognized ethnic minorities, twenty-five can be
found in Yunnan. Here visitors could find snow-capped mountains,
mysterious deep valleys, peaceful highland lakes, magnificent
Karst hills, tropical rainforests, and torrential rivers.
As the capital of China, Beijing is the
political, cultural, and intellectual center of the country.
Beijing has so much to offer travelers. The celebrated tourist
center is filled with historical highlights, the most well known
ones are: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple
of Heaven, Ming Tombs...
Tibet Autonomous Region, a mystical land
called "the Roof of the World", more than 50 peaks in this area
are higher than 7,000 meters, and 11 peaks exceed 8,000 meters.
Mt. Everest - the world's highest peak is located in Tibet.
Tibet offers fabulous things to see, including unique Buddhist
monastery, breathtaking high-altitude lakes, stunning views
of the snow mountains and brilliant Tibetan culture.