Thought 200 RMB for a turbot at your local seafood dive was pricey? At this year’s winter fishing festival in Jilin Province, a fish was auctioned off for more than the cost of a car. NewsChannel5 reports:
At an annual winter fishing festival that opened Thursday in China’s Jilin Province, a fish weighing 33 pounds was auctioned off for a record high price of 340,000 yuan, or $54,500.
The winter fishing festival is held at Chagan Lake and lasts until March 18. It’s the largest inland lake in the province.
It’s a long tradition to auction the heaviest fish caught on the festival’s opening day. Last year’s first fish sold for just over $48,000. Every year, some 3,000 tons of fish are pulled from the lake.
A video demonstrating how they catch fish beneath the ice.
Auctioning off fish at exorbitant prices isn’t specific to China. Last year, at a tuna auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan, a Bluefin tuna went for a staggering $736,000 USD, approximately 4,587,782 RMB!
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].