Guilin’s famous karst mountains, clear waters complement cultural, culinary treats on road to global sustainable travel

Fisherman Huang Quande skips down the cliff to the riverside, hopping onto his bamboo raft before launching it from the shore within seconds.

Two cormorants, one of them taking a quick dip in the crystal-clear waters, move to perch comfortably behind their owner.

The trio glides swiftly across the smooth-flowing waterway, framed by misty karst mountains and lush bamboo groves.

The scene is picture-perfect-exactly like the iconic image on a 20-yuan bill.

Huang, 93, and his cormorants have become a must-see attraction on the Lijiang River in Xingping town of Guilin, in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, one of China’s top scenic spots.

Since his teens, he has been practicing the traditional cormorant fishing method-which trains the birds to hunt with snares at the base of their throats that stop them from swallowing larger…

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