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Cormorant Fishing

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André K wrote a review Oct 2020
Uitenhage, South Africa173 contributions96 helpful votes
Very disapointing show, Paid a lot for a very poor show. Arrived at the dock , nobody there to explain or show us what is happening. The fisher man had a fake motorised bamboo boat , no lantern and not dressed in traditional clothes. Show lasted 10 minutes and then he left. Interesting but totally over rated.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Ben wrote a review May 2020
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They tie a noose around the poor cormorants neck and force it to give up all it's catches of large fish. They feed the poor cormorants just enough tiny scraps to barely survive. Traumatizing and unnecessarily cruel. It's a dying "art" for a reason. Good riddance.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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SueJim126 wrote a review Nov 2018
Sheffield, United Kingdom503 contributions128 helpful votes
We had a private Cormorant Fishing demonstration organised by Wendy Wei Tours with a local villager. Though cormorant fishing once was a successful local industry, its primary use today is to serve the tourism industry.The villager who gave us our demonstration had been fishing using this method all his life. Our demonstration took place in the day near to the shore line where we stood and watched. Fascinating look at a method of fishing that goes back hundreds of years.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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MarcosVellinho wrote a review Oct 2018
Porto Alegre, RS148 contributions27 helpful votes
Definetely not a thing I would recommend. You basically see birds try to eat, but they can't because they have a line to their necks blocking the way. Unfortunately, it's a tradition in there, and that's why people go to see it.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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yeonghaur wrote a review Sep 2018
Singapore, Singapore484 contributions89 helpful votes
We booked through our hotel. 60 RMB per person. We were told that they don't perform every night as the fisherman needs at last 4 visitors to do the show, and not many people want to see nowadays. No transport provided. We gathered at a grand hotel near West Street. From there, a lady appears at the designated time (7.50 pm) to walk us to the small wharf behind the hotel. It was very dark down a slope so be careful. From the wharf we got onto a small boat. There were about 10-12 of us. All foreigners, no local visitors. The boat then makes a short ride to the fisherman's bamboo raft. The fisherman then proceeds to display his fishing skill using the cormorants. There were about 7 cormorants. While the bamboo moves forward, the fisherman skillfully checks his cormorants for fishes caught. Once caught, he will use a stick to bring the cormorant up, remove the fish from its mouth, then release the cormorant to the water (to catch more fish). It was very authentic and interesting. The show went on for about 30 min. During this time, our boat follows the fisherman's raft. At the end of the show, the fisherman also got off at the wharf and allows photo-taking (no charge). It was very interesting. I asked and was told that not many fishermen practice this method of fishing nowadays.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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