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Cormorant Fishing

#4 of 10 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Yangshuo County Features Animals
Yangshuo County, China
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We went for a night trip with a cormorant fisherman on the Li River. We were on a separate raft as... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Touristy but still quite interesting

We went on a night tour of the cormorant fishing. We loaded onto a fake bamboo raft and went next... read more

Reviewed January 25, 2017
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went for a night trip with a cormorant fisherman on the Li River. We were on a separate raft as we travelled alongside the actual fisherman. It was a very interesting experience - well worth the visit. At the end of the trip, the...More

Thank GerMar60
Reviewed January 25, 2017

We went on a night tour of the cormorant fishing. We loaded onto a fake bamboo raft and went next to the firsherman and his cormorant. Its very fascinating to see them in action. Its very touristy but still very interesting. Definitely worth the visit.

Thank gzau
Reviewed November 2, 2016

My friend had read about this, and we figured we'd go ahead and give it a try. It was a bit of a drive to get to the place, and lasts for about 30 mins or so (which I think is plenty of time). Basically,...More

1  Thank Jason N
Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Not sure how anyone can't say this isn't animal cruelty. Some birds tied to the boat to give a good picture - one kept on trying to swim/fly away, all birds have string tried around their necks to stop them swallowing the fish so the...More

1  Thank gingerluci
Reviewed October 8, 2016

Cormorant fishing is one of those things my husband and I heard of when we were both children (from the children's book "The Story About Ping") and when we found out we could see it in Yangshou, we were excited and eager to see it,...More

1  Thank qoto
Reviewed March 20, 2016

We booked a night time cormorant fishing viewing experience and ended up having the boat to ourselves (2 adults and 3 kids), which was great as it meant we didn't have to jostle with others for a good viewing seat at the front of the...More

1  Thank CarlaY33
Reviewed January 1, 2016

Our guide told us that lesser people are maintaining this way of fishing as it is a hassle and the cormorant are unable to catch many fishes. By a certain age, they have to let go the cormorants as they are smart enough to eat...More

3  Thank CarynKaining
Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

This activity is one of those things you may only get to do once. You go out after dark, get onto a small raft and follow the cormorant fisherman onto the river where his birds fish. Some people worry about the cruelty involved in this...More

Thank mmmySouthCoast
Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

I wish I had read these reviews in detail before going. I booked the excursion hoping to see those iconic images at dusk of the fishermen against the backdrop of the karst mountains and the river. It was pretty far from that. Forget about the...More

2  Thank GiorgioBen
Reviewed September 27, 2015

As I understand, only few capable cormorant trainers remained. Young people prefer to do something else. I understand it took few years to train cormorant, not all succeeded. Hurry, few years and cormorant fishing will disappear from the world. They do it now only for...More

1  Thank Igor D
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