The annual Shenyang Fishing Festival kicked off last week with tens of thousands of visitors queuing for the mother of all fish soups. The colossal cauldron reportedly held 17 tons of liquid.
As you can see, the pot of soup is as big as most towns’ water storage tanks.
The event’s host reportedly provided visitors with free soup for three days.
A ceremony to ensure that this year’s catch is plentiful.
Winter fish-catching is a popular tradition in northern China, especially along the Liao, Songhua, and Heilongjiang River Areas. When the net falls down, thousands of fish jump up out of the icy surface and swish their tails. This extraordinary scene remains an important cultural continuity to this day.
People start their winter fish-catching by digging holes in the ice at intervals of eight or nine meters. After digging about 100 holes for one net, people then stick the poles and track cables down the holes. As the net is so large — about four or five meters wide , it requires horses to be pushed forward. The net-casting process can last for about eight or nine hours.
Horses are also needed when hauling in the net. The net, now fully stocked with fish, is dragged onto the surface from the one-meter-wide and two-meter-long holes. Fishermen then bag the fish as they haul in the net.