It is partnership between man and cormorant which has lasted over a millennia.
A fisherman needs to catch enough fish to sell and feed himself and his family.
Sometimes that means that he needs an assistant.
The Ark in Space takes a look at the fascinating relationship between the cormorant and the fishermen of China’s inland rivers.
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Tourists walk under the blossoming cherry trees at a tea plantation in Yongfu Town in Longyan, Fujian Province of China.
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An aerial view of an advection fog (the horizontal transport of atmospheric properties) surrounding apartment buildings in Yuncheng.
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An IT employee takes off his shoes as he prepares to sleep during his lunch break in a capsule bed unit at Xiangshui Space in Beijing’s Zhongguancun area, China.
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Gouqi Island belongs to a group of nearly 400 islands known as Shengsi Islands, and form a part of the Zhoushan Archipelago, located outside of Hangzhou Bay.
It is the largest archipelago of China.
Traditionally Zhoushan had relied heavily on its primary industry, which is fishing, given Zhoushan is the largest fishery in China.
Nowadays with the development of the secondary and tertiary industries, Zhoushan’s economic base has been largely diversified.
Ship building and repairing, shipping, light industry, tourism and service industry grow to be the major contributors of local economic output.
Consequently, many fishing villages have today become abandoned.
Some of the best preserved villages are located in Gouqi Island.
The Shengsi Islands are a popular tourist destination and is still an important fishery area that attracts more than 100,000 fishermen every winter.
Gansu Zhangye National Geopark, in Zhangye, China.
The colourful rocks of this region are as the result of layers of deposits of sandstone and other minerals in the area that have occurred over 24 million years.
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