You may ask why we chose Anshun Cat’er Cave Township as our destination? Anshun is a prefecture-level city under Guizhou Province, located in the central and western part of the province, and is one of the best tourist cities in China. It has rich natural resources and diverse ethnic cultures, especially famous for Huangguoshu Great Waterfall, Tunbao culture and batik crafts. Catdong Township is a township under the jurisdiction of Puding County, Anshun City, 35 kilometers away from the county capital and bordering Anshun City. With beautiful landscape, simple folk culture and delicious specialties, it is a good place for leisure and adventure.
Before starting the night hunting trip, we learned about the geographical location, climate, history and cultural characteristics of Anshun City. Anshun City lies in the middle of western Guizhou Province. It is between 25°21′-26°38′ N and 105°13′-106°34′ E. It has Guiyang City and Qiannan Buyi Miao Autonomous Prefecture on its east, Liupanshui City on its west, Qianxinan Buyi Miao Autonomous Prefecture on its south and Bijie City on its north. The average elevation of Anshun City ranges from 1102 meters to 1694 meters. It is located in the watershed area of the Wujiang River Basin of the Yangtze River system and the Beipanjiang River Basin of the Pearl River system, which is a typical area of karst landform concentration in the world.
Anshun City has a subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons, mild climate, abundant rainfall and sufficient sunshine. It’s not too hot or too cold in Anshun, with an average temperature of 14.1℃. It rains a lot, about 1375.2mm a year. Anshun is a nice place to live in Guizhou Province and people call it the “Cool Capital of China”.
Anshun has a long history and profound culture. Anshun is one of the first ancient cities in Guizhou province to establish a county government, with a history of more than 630 years. Anshun is the birthplace of ancient Qianzhong culture and has the site of Puding Cave, known as the “Lamp of Asian Civilization”. Anshun is a representative region of Tunbao culture, with a rich variety of ethnic customs and folk activities. Anshun is the hometown of batik, with a long tradition of batik craftsmanship and a unique style of batik art.
By knowing the basic information of Anshun, we are full of curiosity and expectation about this city. We believe we will not only experience the fun of night hunting, but also feel the warmth and friendliness of Anshun people and experience the charm of Anshun’s nature and humanity.
Huangguoshu Great Waterfall, Yelang Lake and Lotus Ancient Cave are the three main scenic spots. Huangguoshu Great Waterfall is one of the largest waterfalls in China and the highest carbonate waterfall in the world, with a height of 77.8 meters and a width of 101 meters, the water is majestic and spectacular. Yelang Lake is an artificial lake, located in the downstream of Huangguoshu Falls, with a surface area of more than 2,000 acres, clear and turquoise water and picturesque shore. The Lotus Ancient Cave is a typical karst geomorphic cave with large and small stalactites, stalagmites and stone pillars. There is a lotus pond outside the cave, in which lotus flowers are in full bloom, forming a beautiful picture with the entrance of the cave.
The folk customs are mainly reflected in the Miao costumes, architecture, festivals and wedding customs. Costumes are mainly black, embellished with silver ornaments, rich in ethnic characteristics and artistic charm. The architecture is mainly wooden structure, mostly hanging foot buildings or semi-hanging foot buildings, with thatched or green tiles on the roof. Festivals such as the Flower Jumping Festival, the Sister Rice Festival, and the Ox King Festival are important occasions for the Miao people to celebrate the harvest, pray for peace, and express their emotions. Marriage customs such as “bride snatching”, “anti-marriage” and “returning to the door in three dynasties” reflect the Miao people’s respect and importance to love and family.
Miao cuisine mainly includes hot pot, pickled fish and rice tofu. Hot pot is the favorite food of the Miao people. This dish is made of beef, mutton and chicken with different vegetables and spices, cooked fast over high heat and then shaken on the side of the pot. The hot pot soup is spicy and rich, and the meat is tender and smooth, making it appetizing; sour soup fish is a dish of live fish cooked in a sour soup made from wild vegetables and chili peppers; the soup is sweet and sour, and the fish is tender and smooth, helping digestion and removing fire; rice tofu is a food made from glutinous rice and soybeans, shaped like tofu with a soft texture, and can be served cold, fried, or made into soup or pastry, and is one of the daily staples of the Miao people.
After we were full of wine and food, we planned to start the night hunt. For this hunt, you need the WildGuarder infrared binoculars. They are great for seeing animals in the dark. They let you capture photos and videos too. Just follow the instructions to use them. Adjust the eye distance, the image clarity and the brightness, and you’re good to go.
We left at around 9 p.m. and followed a small road into the mountains. At first, I wasn’t quite used to the darkness and had to rely on a flashlight for illumination. But when I put on my WildGuarder infrared binoculars, I felt like I was in a different world. I spotted many different animals, some of which were new to me. Some were daytime animals, but they looked different at night.
I saw a baby fox, quietly looking for food in the grass, its eyes shining green and very cute; a wild boar, rolling and playing in a mud pit, their skin dark gray and very rough; a deer, eating young grass in the woods, its horns white and very elegant; and a marten, jumping around in the trees, its fur brown and very flexible.
In the process of observation, also encountered some interesting or thrilling experiences. Once, I saw a tiger, resting by the roadside. Its body showed black and yellow stripes and was very spectacular. I wanted to snap a photo as a keepsake, so I slowly moved a bit closer. I snapped a picture, but then the tiger looked up and growled at me. I was scared and moved back a bit. My heart was racing. The tiger didn’t come after me, though. Maybe it didn’t notice me, or maybe it wasn’t hungry.
To sum up, Cat Cave Township is a place you don’t want to miss for its stunning natural beauty, as well as its rich folk culture and tasty local snacks. And this night hunting activity made me very happy, thanks to the WildGuarder infrared binoculars, which allowed me to see animals in the dark that are usually difficult to observe, and allowed me to record those precious images and memories. I hope to come back to Cat Cave Country sometime to explore more unknowns and wonders.