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Camels and fish and birds (on rafts) oh my!

On our second day visiting Guilin, in Yangshuo County, we took a bamboo raft tour in these covered rafts:

We took these bamboo rafts out to sightsee in Yangshuo

I like how even my shot of rafts has those awesome Super Mario Bros mountains in the background. :)

Here I am pretending to punt the raft!

Me pretending to punt in Yangshuo

It's tough! You have to jam that bamboo stick all the way into the riverbed and push really hard!

Once we started taking pictures, this merchant punted up to rent us traditional outfits for the photos:

I liked this merchant's wacky outfit

But I really liked HER outfit a lot, actually, with the hot pink and purple boots and straw hat. :)

Instant digital photo booth in the middle of a river

That's an instant digital photo booth in the middle of the river! These were everywhere in China. They would take your picture with a DSLR and then immediately print it and laminate it, typically charging 10-20 RMB (about US$1.50-3.00) per picture. Note that the tents in the background were for pictures, too.

The craziest part, btw, is where the power comes from. I looked behind the setup and saw that all these electronics are plugged into a power strip, and that power strip's cord... goes straight into the water! It presumably runs underwater all the way to shore? And it didn't look particularly reinforced, either. o_O

And now, taking pictures in those outfits! In the back is "Camel Mountain".

Taking pictures at "Camel Mountain"

To be honest, I felt like the outfits were maybe a little bit exploitative of minorities? I'm undecided.

I think these guys are cheating:

Lazy punters

Finally, we saw a demonstration of cormorant fishing:

Cormorant fishing in Guilin

They put a ring around the cormorant bird's neck to prevent it from swallowing the big fish, and then they retrieve the fish:

Retrieving a fish from a cormorant

The birds do eventually get fed. :P

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