For the last few days of our holiday we explored the Zhuang Autonomous Region travelling from Guilin to Yangshuo and back. We joined a half-day cruise on Li River to discover one of the most stunning sceneries in China. Inspired by many artists, this area offers plenty of round shape hills and cliffs providing picturesque landscape, and many good photo opportunities.
In the evening we had an opportunity to follow cormorant fishers using trained cormorant birds to catch the fish. The method is over thousand years old, and it used to be a vibrant industry in old times, but nowadays mainly used for tourism. It was very interesting to follow the birds catching fishes while the fisherman was standing on a small bamboo draft. Basically the fisherman ties a snare around the bird’s throat preventing it from swallowing the catch. The bird keeps the fishes in its throat until the fisherman brings it back to the boat to spit the fish out. At the end the bird will get some small fishes as reward.
We also had an opportunity to visit Longji Terraced Rice Fields in Ping’ an Zhuang Village. These terraced fields were hand-made some hundreds years ago, and are now cultivated by Zhuang and Yao people. While climbing up the hills you will meet Yao women, and can you imagine, they only cut their hair once in the lifetime, when they are 18, and let them grow the rest of the time. I have never seen anyone with so long hair!
The pictures below are from the “Impression: Sanjie Liu” – the show on top of water. It is directed by Zhang Yimou, as was the show we attended in Hangzhou. Once again, amazing landscapes and performance, but this time with 600 people performing!