Day 9: Touring China by Bicycle,
Today, We Bike Tour through China's Mountains
(The Objects of Art for Millennias) and
We Watch Cormorants Fish at Night
(In the Yangshou/Guilin Area).
Picture of Oil Painting of Chinese Mountains.
I've seen art like this all my life, not knowing that the scenery was real.
Image of Actual Mountains in China's Guilin Area.
Six night fishing cormorants.
Day 9 Begins
Above Left: All foods on this plate are Chinese cuisine and foods that, to our knowledge, we have never had before; it's a treat to the pallets.
BTW, this Hotel has a Western Breakfast area and an Eastern Breakfast area. I had an Omelet with Salsa, Terry went to Eastern side and collected food items that she had never seen or eaten - Terry got admiring looks from the Chinese.
Above Right: Downtown Yangshou, we are bicycling through town.
Above Left: River and mountain view, just outside of Yangshou.
Above Right: Yangshou bridge work.
Above Left: Terry and Dennis Struck on the Yangshou river.
Above Right: The Hawkers, here, are more annoying than anywhere else in the world. Terry is ignoring the Hawker by not recognizing her. Reg, Jon, and Chrissy are thoroughly amused.
Above Left: On the southern road out of Yangshou.
Above Right: The Gate on the south road of Yangshou.
Above Left: Heading west in the early morning.
Above Right: Rice on the right, Water Chestnut on the left - BTW, there are many kinds of Water Chestnut as well as many kinds of Rice.
Above Left: Lots of little green balls of death.
Above Right: Chinese great-fruit.
Above Left: Happy Mounds. Called thusly because a couple times of year, family goes to the mounds and performs some update maintenance and then have a picnic to include a few too many drinks to share with the spirits of those passed-on. There is actually a national pseudo-holiday for the Tending of Mounds every Fall (on a Saturday) and it occurred about two weeks ago - this event is common in the orient, not just China.
Above Right: Daisies on the roadside in China.
Above Left: Tiger Lilly.
Above Right: Heading West. In about 100 meters, the Coolie Hat of a Grandmother will blow off her head and it will roll into a rice paddy if not stopped by the actions of moi. I get a very gracious She-ah She-ah and it makes me feel good. My good turn for the day
Above Left: Ripe and ready Mandarins on the tree.
Above Right: A sophisticated foot path and bridge across the stream.
Above: Cotton on and off the plant.
Above Left: Chickens for sale.
Above Right: Chicken sold.
Above Left: Open air village market (we had some bananas, yet another safe food to buy and eat in a Market).
Above Right: Terry and Dennis Struck on a back road in China.
Above Left: We don't know the name of this beautiful tree but we've seen several of them in the past few days.
Above Right: Another pink flowered tree in rural China.
Above Left: Communal Laundry and Socialization.
Above Right: Returning on the east entrance to Yangshou.
Above Left: Our hotel. We are spending three nights here, this is our second day, and we're going to spend the afternoon in the resort town on our own, hire some laundry service, and maybe do some gift shopping. Tonight we watch the Night Fishing Cormorants.
Above Right: Common Chinese way to lockup luggage that will be idle for a while - I have seen this in a few different hotels.
A Walk About Town.
Above Left: Open air seamstress.
Above Right: Mandarins and something called like 'Lychee' which is a popular imported friut.
Above Left: Police Office in tourist area and Police Symbol.
Above Right: Side street of the main resort drag.
Above Left: Main Drag (has a KFC and a McDonalds - best bathroom around).
Above Right: Yangshou Side Street.
Above Left: The Gang at Dinner.
Above Right: Mao and Company.
Above Left: Six Cormorants gather under a down lamp. The Cormorants have cords around their neck to prevent them from swallowing fish. The Cormorants return to the fisherman on the float craft, with their catch, and the fisherman removes the fish and places it into a holding basket. If the bird catches a small fish like a minnow, it can be swallowed by the bird. Also the birds are rewarded with food or fish at the end of work session. This practice probably pre-dates the Roman Empire.
Official fishing season is over (controlled by the Province, just like a USA State) and the following Cormorant Fishing demonstration is purely for educational/tourist purposes only.
Above Right: A single Cormorant; one can barily see the cord around its neck. See the river bottom; it's clear water.
Above Left: The torpedo in the bottom left corner is a Cormorant chasing a small fish. The camera shutter, on these night time photos, does not click for one to two full seconds after the picture button is pressed. Timing photos becomes a real test of skill.
Above Right: A closeup of a Cormorant and its tie.
Both: Each Cormorant has a small fish.
Above Left: The fisherman and his float craft.
Above Right: Tonight's catch (just for demonstration purposes only).
Above Left: A wet bird drying its feathers.
Above Right: Wayne poses with the fisherman and the Cormorant fisher-bird.