My friend Emma is wonderfully patient with me – asking people questions for me – even when she isn’t sure WHY I want to know something. Like with FISHING.
On East Lake in Wuhan, (4 times bigger than West Lake in Hangzhou) we observed many people fishing with seriously long poles. The poles are attached to pulley systems that raise and lower the pole or swing it around to the fisherman.
This is the same rationale for fly fishing, except you have a very long line that you cast far away from you instead of a long pole. The man also said he fished for relaxation – and began his hobby as a 13 year old, to relax after school work. He told us that catching fish was not his priority, just to be on the lake with peace and quiet.
And the little blue birds and animals on top of the roofs.
People told us in the fall West Lake is spectacular with the fall foliage – but very very crowded. I liked this early spring time because it was not crowded and there were no mosquitos!
This lady sat playing her 二胡 erhu (ancient instrument) quietly while people wandered around photographing the plum trees in bloom or having picnics. I think part of enjoyment in Chinese parks is acting like you are the only one there – people seem to respect each others solitude – especially if they are making music.
Birds are also present at East Lake. They seem to take to me better than little children. After three tries I got this shot of the Azure winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyana) – found the name on line – hoping my birder brother could help me out with the ID! Dave – this one’s for YOU!