It’s October, 2014. My husband and I spend a week in Dalian. On a cloudy day, we visit Fisherman’s Wharf (大连渔人码头 dàlián yúrén mǎtóu), the only fisherman’s harbour in downtown Dalian.
I stand on the dock looking at fishing boats. A guy in his 60s is watching someone fish with a fishing line.
He says: “Do you think he’ll catch anything?”
And then, without waiting for an answer: “I don’t think so. The water is too polluted. When I came here 30 years ago, the water was very clean. People caught really big fish.”
Suddenly, the guy we talk about catches a fish.
The guy in his 60s says: “Look at that big fish he caught!” He’s laughing like crazy at his own joke. In reality, the fish is very small.
Have you ever visited a fisherman’s harbour? How did you like it?