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“Goofy and Fun”
Review of Erhai Lake

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London, United Kingdom
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“Goofy and Fun”
Reviewed July 4, 2014

Go ahead, take the cormorant fishing boat trip. There is an exuberance to the experience as if everyone is in on the idea that it's hokey but enjoying it anyway. Make sure you read The Storey about Ping by Marjorie Flack to your kids beforehand.

Visited June 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Rent an Electric Bike or Bicycle!!”
Reviewed June 28, 2014

Highlight of my trip! I rented an electric bike and travelled along the lake, and made it as far as Xizhou. Xizhou is a much more laidback, quieter "Ancient Town" as compared to the nearby Dali Old Town. You can rent said electric bike or bicycles from a lot of shops in Dali. Be sure to compare prices!

Along the route there's a variety of things to see as the landscape changes from lakeside.. forests.. small towns and the like.

Visited June 2014
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Malaysia
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“It is a big lake but no big deal to me.”
Reviewed June 4, 2014

I felt sorry for the place as it is so commercialised with restaurants and bars at every corners of the lake. It is not a place to relax but if you are looking for actions at the bars then perhaps is the place for you.

Visited May 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Cormorants fishing on demand.”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Despite our intitial reluctance to participate in the well orchestrated boat cruise on the lake, to view the on demand fishermen using cormorants to dive for, catch and return the fish to their owner/trainers, this experience turned out to be a lot of fun. The fishermen were really strong and skilful in their rowing prowess and the cormorants were patient and obliging in participating in the show for the tourists.

Visited April 2014
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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“Tourist show due to ban on fishing”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Be aware, this is not the "real thing", it's a "show" performed by the local fisherman how they used to do it...

There's a reason for it: At the end of the 1990's the local government banned fishing in Lake Erhai. So from the 70 Bai local fisher families with about 1500 cormorants there were only about 4 fisher families (and about 180 cormorants) left in 2005. To keep the tradition alive they made it into a tourist attraction, but it's performed by the local fisherman themselves...
I have my doubts about the "caught fish", they're probably thrown in the water by the fisherman themselves just before the cormorants "catch" it...

However, it is nice to see how they used to fish, and you can get nice views/photo's of it all. They also let you take photographs with the cormorants at the end (we did not have to pay extra for that, but I've seen reviews here that some had to).

There's also a small performance of some locally dressed girls on a boat afterwards, which is nice if you like that kind of stuff. Afterwards they row you back to the dock while singing aria's to the other boats...

Most of the time you are just being rowed (towards the cormorant fishers, to the showboat, to the dock), while the "performances" only last about 10 minutes each. The entrance fee is pretty high for local standards (I think it was about 120 Yuan), so you might want to consider if this is really your thing or not, a bit too high if you ask me...

Visited May 2014
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