Old stories of China talk of the relaxed charm of Canton and the slow-flowing Pearl river. The horrors of the 20th century CE have now passed, and what used to be mud flats three centuries ago remains one of the major trading centers of the world. The river delta is now one of the major manufacturing hubs of the world. The sun was setting when we finished our stroll through Shamian island and ended up on its southern bank. Now, in the 21st century, Guangzhou and the slow-flowing Zhujiang river retain all the relaxed charm that it was famous for.
In the mellow light of the setting sun we spotted a man fishing in the Zhujiang. Fishing is very popular in this part of China, and a crowd gathered soon to watch this lone warrior. He exchanged a few words with hangers on, but was pretty intent on his work. For a few months a year, starting from about February, fishing is banned in the river, to allow stock to replenish itself. As the light faded from the sky, this man landed two large fish. The ban is successful, then. On the walkway, next to the parapet you see in these photos, tables were being laid out. We sat down for a sundowner- Tsingtao with squid.