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City dwellers get hooked on fishing

FROM a way of living to a way of leisure, fishing nowadays is a fairly popular hobby for urbanites looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Instead of just throwing out the pole and waiting for fish like they did in ancient times, today people can try fly fishing, jig fishing, trolling, spinner fishing and bait fishing, which is the easiest for beginners.

Obviously, choosing a suitable location is important as your chances of hooking a fish improves greatly if there are plenty in the water.

Here are some places where anglers can catch plenty of fish while also enjoying their surroundings.

Luyuan Fishing Leisure Center


Nearby in Pudong New Area, the fishing center stocks various types of fish.

For 50 yuan, anglers can stay for a day. Traditional bamboo poles are for rent and bait is sold. Free parking is available.

Address: 518 Beizhong Rd

How to get there:

Take Metro Line 2 and get off at the Longyang Road Station. Then flag a taxi.

Dongshan Island

Zhangzhou, Fujian Province

Rent a boat and invite some friends to Dongshan Island. The island in southeast Fujian Province has a reputation as the province's "Hawaii." It's between Xiamen City and Shantou City and is only around 200 kilometers from Taiwan. Another 32 islands surround Dongshan Island.

It doesn't get too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer and early spring is known as the best time of year for fishing here.

With a Hawaii-style beach and silver sand against a backdrop of lush trees, it's a beautiful location for fishing.

Dongshan is also famous for a big rock that moves when the wind blows. The 200-ton heavy rock measures 4.37-meter high, 4.57-meter wide and 4.69-meter long. Visitors love to visit this rock, sitting or lying on it to feel it move and pose for photographs.

The island's other claim to fame is "Widow Village."

On May 10, 1950, when the Kuomintang left Dongshan Island, they took nearly 150 local men - the village only had 200 families - to Taiwan. It was reported that some young wives' hair turned grey or white overnight. Other wives cried so hard after losing their husband that they nearly went blind. The place then became known as Widow Village.

An exhibition hall depicts what happened on that fateful day.

How to get there:

Take a plane/train to Xiamen and transfer to a bus to Dongshan Island.

Lingshan Island

Qingdao, Shandong Province

Lingshan Island in Shandong Province has a total area of 7.66 square kilometers and is one of the top three fishing islands in China.

There are many reefs around the island, creating a perfect feeding ground for a variety of fish.

Some locals prefer bait fishing where anglers stand or sit on a rock, cast their line into the sea with the proper bait and wait for a fish to get hooked. Others like to rent a boat and fishing rods with lures already installed.

Another popular spot among anglers is a cliff about 10 meters above the sea.

The island is also famous for its 56 hills. Each one has its own character - some resemble animals such as an elephant. Tourists enjoying taking photographs of the scenery.

There are some beautiful tales about Lingshan Island. One features an odd-looking stone near the steep cliff. Known as the Beilai Stone, it belonged to the daughter of the East Sea Dragon King. According to the story, she loved the island as soon as she laid eyes on it and brought the stone here.

How to get there:

Take a plane/train to Qingdao and transfer to a ferry to Lingshan.


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