Returning back to Guilin our local tour guide asked if we'd like to go and observe the Cormorant fishermen at work later that evening, and we all agreed. Later that evening the bus took us over to the center of the business district, not far from the hotel, to a boat dock. There we boarded a good size boat with lots of other tourists, taking our positions along the outside rail, and we proceeded down the river very slowly. As we did several Cormorant fishermen, on their bamboo rafts, took positions alongside the boat. As we traveled down the river together the fishermen would push the Cormorant into the water, and they'd submerge hunting for the fish. You could see them occasionally under the water near the boat. When they caught a fish they'd immediately head back to the bamboo raft and jump aboard. You could see the large bulge in the throat caused by the fish lodged in their long necks. The fisherman would then ease the fish out and show it to us before putting it in the basket. The Cormorants managed to catch decent size fish of about 6 to 9 inches long. It was amazing and very interesting to watch. Of course I took pictures, but it was so dark and the distance was a bit to far for the flash so the most interesting thing to see is the lighted city.
Night scenes along the river in Guilin
Fishing with Cormorants along the Li River in Guilin

Cormorants in the water

After watching the Cormorant fishermen for a short time the boat returned to the dock and we were free to stroll along the main street for a few minutes. The street was loaded with shops and street vendors. Several went in search of luggage to accommodate additional things they'd purchased on the trip. Anne and I took the time to just stroll along and observe the people.

Sadly this would be our last evening in Mainland China. The next evening we would fly to Hong Kong. Our trip was winding down, only two days in Hong Kong and four days in Bangkok before we return home. We were saddened it was so near the end, but looking forward to being in Hong Kong again as both Anne and I love the city and couldn't wait to introduce John, Carol and Alicia to its beauty and charm.

Marble bridge in the park

The next morning we were awakened by the rooster's early morning crowing. Our room directly overlooked the top of an apartment building across the alley. There were several chicken coops on the roof, as well as a dog and some pigeon coops. We could occasionally hear the noise they made, but it wasn't that distracting. It certainly didn't keep me from getting a good night's rest.

Our morning was free to roam around near the hotel. We used the time to search out and purchase several bottles of snake wine. Yes, you read that correctly ... snake wine. No we weren't intending to drink it, but I had a brother-in-law at home who, I knew, would love to have a bottle just to show this family and friends. We found two bottles with pretty snakes inside that looked good and came back to the hotel. We had to have our luggage outside the room by lunchtime, and after lunch we headed off to the Children's Park.

Children's Park was a beautiful park dedicated to the children of Guilin It was new and very pretty. When we entered the park there were what seemed to be hundreds of children by the entrance, and they all quickly gathered around us to welcome us to the park.

The children by the park entrance. They were a bit over eager to gather around us and welcome us
to the park. Within seconds Anne and I were totally surrounded by them. They began grabbing at
the cameras which worried me some, but quickly moved off and surrounded others in the group.
Two views of the central pagoda
Anne crossing the ornamental bridge

Two little girls who sat down next to me

Some kids posing for Anne
Let's continue to the next page for a few more pictures of the Children's Park and the beautiful Reed Flute Cave ...
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Planning and Getting there: Grand Circle Tours and Northwest Airlines
Beijing : Arriving in Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Imperial (Forbidden) Palace (1) | The Imperial Palace (2) | The Nine Sons of the Dragon
The Imperial Palace Garden | The Summer Palace | Summer Palace (2) | Summer Palace (3) | Summer Palace (4) | Local Beijing Market
Local Beijing Market (2) | Hutong | Bell Tower | Hutong Family, Dinner and the Opera | Cloisonné Factory | Ming Tombs | Ming Tombs (2)
Great Wall of China at Ba Da Ling | Temple of Heaven
Shanghai : Arriving Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden | Yuyuan Garden (2) | The Temple of the Jade Buddha | The Bund | Day Excursion to Suzhou
Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
Cruising the Yangtze River : Yangtze Cruise, Day 1 | Yangtze Cruise, Day 2 | The Xiling and Wu Gorge | The Lesser Three Gorges
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Chongqing : Chongqing
Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
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Bangkok : Jim Thompson House and Golden Buddha | The Flower Market | The Food Vendors | Grand Palace | Mystical Figures | Brightly Painted Masks on Mystical Figures
Golden Mystical Figures | Buildings of the Grand Palace | Lunching at the Shangri La Hotel | Loy Nava Rice Barge Cruise | Ayutthaya, Ancient Capital of Siam
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