China is a country of extremes. Especially nowadays. Countryside can’t be compared to the big cities. Dutch photographer Ruben Terlou made an excellent photographic documentary about China touching on some environmental, political, demographic and cultural challenges this county faces nowadays. It describes perfectly the duality that takes place in China. Perhaps it is this duality that makes China so attractive. Next to the skyscrapers and massive development, it is still pure, friendly and authentic. Together with other photographers I visited Guilin and Yangshuo in the province of Guangxi in the south of China. Famous for the Karst Hills and beautiful landscapes. Here I was fortunate to capture Cormorant Fishermen as well. I am very proud of this photograph that was selected as Photo of the Day on National Geographic.
‘‘On an autumn evening in Guilin, China, two fishermen and their trained cormorants rest on their rafts. Cormorant fishing is a Chinese tradition that goes back more than 1,000 years. The fishermen tie small snares around the cormorants' necks. The bird leaves its post, catches a fish in its beak but can't swallow it, and then returns to the boat, where the fisherman retrieves the catch.’’