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Rock the boat...

Don't tip the boat over!!

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Today we planned to go on a cormorant fishing boat trip, which those of you who know me will understand I was very excited about! We had images of a still, quiet lake..... being in a little boat with a local fisherman who would show us how they traditionally fish using cormorants. In short, a beautiful relationship between man and bird in peaceful surroundings. We could not have been more wrong!

We turned up in a crowded little harbour and were, as usual, the only westerners around and therefore, a tourist attraction in our own right! Among a large crowd of Chinese tourists we were bustled onto one of five big rowing boats and rowed out into the lake where a man on a boat was surrounded by a dozen cormorants. The birds managed to catch three big fish - a pretty impressive sight! Unfortunately we watched this spectacle amid the noise of loud singing and Chinese tour guides (one on each boat and each one armed with a megaphone!)..... the opposite of peaceful! All the while people were clammering over each other to get a good picture, and nearly capsizing us!

After watching the cormorants we stopped for the obligatory food break (it was a twenty minute trip at best, at 3pm, and yet there was still a need to stop for food - how are these people so slim?!). We watched the tourists getting pictures taken with the birds - so tacky we decided and way above us true travellers. But ten seconds later, the old man rowing our boat asked us if we would like a photo at the front of the boat, each in a proper Chinese hat. Apparently we are not too far above the touristy photo ops! Cue another round of pap style pics from our fellow tour group members! But at least we got a good one out of it too this time!

Next stop - Kunming!

Jo xxx

Posted by Tam-Jo 06:32 Archived in China Tagged dali

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We love the hats girls! Very chic! Xx

by Mum and Dad (V)

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