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Cormorant Fisherman, The Town of Old Yangshuo, 1899--single figure

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Cormorant Fisherman, The Town  of Old Yangshou, 1899

Yangshuo is a popular tourist county and city near Guilin, Guangxi. The town is surrounded by mountains, winding rivers and beautiful scenery.

The Li River runs from Guil into Yangshuo and is the centerpiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province.  The gorgeous Karst peaks give you surprises at each bend of the river trip.  Water buffalo patrol the fields, peasants work in rice paddies, school kids, and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts.  With its breathtaking scenery and taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis, the scenery along the river has become one of China's top tourist destinations.

Cormorant fishing is a traditional way of life on the Li River.  This method of fishing has been in existence for hundreds of years.

The cormorants are trained to dive into the river among the school of fish that live in the clear water.  After catching a fish, the birds return to the boat where the fisherman removes the fish from the bird.  The bird is prevented from swallowing the fish by a ring that is placed around the neck of the bird.  The bird is rewarded for its work by its owner.

The birds usually fish much better at night than during the day.