Winter swimming, snow sightseeing, skiing, these are common winter activities for a winter tour. Or are you expecting a special tour this winter? Then how about a winter fishing tour at this season? That should be a unique tour to be expected.
Winter fishing at the cold and icy outside is actually a sacred thing to do. It not only requires courage, luckiness and perseverance, also it needs wisdom that you should know how and where for fishing. Winter fishing has become one of the traditions in many places in China, like Mongolian, Xinjiang and provinces in northeast China. They pay highly attention to the activity of winter fishing, as winter fishing not only affects their winter food storage, also winter fishing as been an important part of their cultures. Now here let’s figure out where to experience the spectacular of winter fishing in China.
Traditional winter fishing at Chagan Lake(查干湖)
Chagan Lake, located in Jilin Province, is one of the ten largest fresh water lakes in China. It covers an area of 420 square kilometers. It is the largest inland lakes and one of the famous fishery production bases in Jilin Province. Chagan Lake means “White lake” in Mongolian language. This lake abounds in fishes like big-head fish, carp, chub and many other types of fish.
Every year from the late of December to time before Spring Festival is the prime time for large scale winter fishing at Chagan Lake by Mongolian people. Winter fishing culture in Chagan Lake begins thousand years ago and has been handed down by local people. They consider winter fishing a way to communicate and gratitude with the nature.
When going out for winter fishing, Mongolian people will dress up with their beautiful traditional costumes to show respect for this activity. And before the activity, they would hold sacrifice ceremony to the lake. This mysterious ceremony is considered as the way to communicate with the lake. After the sacrifice, they start cutting holes in the icy lake and put fishing net into the lake. When fishing nets being dragged out, every people are excited at those dancing fishes. Those piles of frisky fishes suddenly drive away the coldness, and people are all amazed by the grand scene of thousands fishes.
Winter fishing at Jingpo Lake(镜泊湖)
Jingpo Lake at Mudanjiang City of Heilongjiang Province is another place where people can enjoy the fun of winter fishing. Jingpo Lake is the largest volcanic lava barrier lake in the world. Winter fishing in Jingpo Lake has been an important activity for the local Shaman people. They hold serious sacrifice ceremony to the Lake god before the winter fishing. After the ceremony, dancing traditional Manchu dances and drinking wine will be performed. And the sacred fishing start when fishing horn rang up.
At Jingpo Lake Scenic Area, there is winter fishing festival held every year. During the festival, tourists can watch the icy fishing performance, and can experience winter fishing by themselves. Also they will have the chance to taste the fresh fish from fishing nets.
Winter fishing at Ulungur Lake(乌伦古湖)
Ulungur Lake at Fuhai County of Xinjiang is the largest natural fishery production base in northern Xinjiang. Winter fishing at Ulungur is the traditional icy sport for local Kazak people. Though the icy layer at the lake is as thick as 50 centimeters which is difficult for winter fishing, local Kazak people still heep down the tradition and they think winter fishing is way to pursue for good fortune.
A Fishing Tour in Winter
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