The last "Xu family" by the Dongjiang River in Dongguan.

The last "Xu family" by the Dongjiang River in Dongguan. Using the sky as a canopy and the boat as a bed, fishing alone in the cold river on the water's edge, the life of fishermen is filled with artistic conception amidst hardship. In Qishizhen, Dongguan, adjacent to the Dongjiang River, there are still fishermen who make a living by fishing. In the heyday of the 1990s, there were more than 300 fishing households in the area. Nowadays, with the rapid development of society, fishermen have turned to other occupations. So far, there are only 9 "water households" left in Qishi. Most of these fishermen come from other cities and came to Dongguan in the 1950s and 1960s. Their houses are all in their hometowns, and they have no place to live in Dongguan. They have lived on boats for decades, but they are also leisurely and carefree. Fishermen sometimes have to go to places like Yuanzhou in Huizhou, Longxi, or even farther to get richer catches. But every afternoon, they must return to the Fisherman's Wharf next to the Qishijiang Riverside Park and try to sell the river fish when they are fresh. Every afternoon, when the lively river fish are brought in, the wharf also becomes lively. Merchants from surrounding towns, buyers from town restaurants, and leisurely citizens all come here to choose fresh river fish. Travel guide Around 3pm in the afternoon, you can see fishermen returning from fishing and selling river fish by the side of the boat. Because they are all fresh fish, they are very popular, and the fishermen's fish are usually sold out in about 1-2 hours. In the evening, you can also see the sunset over the Dongjiang River here. Dongguan Qishi Town Jiangbin Park
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Posted: 14 Mar 2023
Mack Gildael
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