I am a person who loves adventure and exploration. I have two like-minded friends, one is a photographer and the other is a hunter. The three of us decided to go hunting in the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture of China, to experience different cultures and landscapes. Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture is a minority area in southwestern Sichuan Province, with rich natural resources and ethnic characteristics. It is located between the Sichuan Basin and the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, with high terrain in the northwest and low in the southeast. It has a diverse climate and a diverse ecology. It is the hometown of the Yi people and also an important pass on the ancient southern Silk Road. We want to experience the history and culture of the Yi people, admire the beautiful scenery of Liangshan, and challenge ourselves. In order to prepare for this hunting trip, we specifically purchased a night vision binoculars online. It can allow us to see animals in the distance clearly in the dark, increasing our success rate and safety. This article is to record the entire process of our hunting trip, share our observations, feelings, and experiences with the night vision binoculars.

The night vision binoculars we purchased online is a product called “Night Owler1”, the brand is “Starry Sky”, and the model is SK-2020. Its functions and advantages are as follows:

It uses advanced infrared technology and can provide a clear view in completely dark environments. The visual distance can reach 200 meters, suitable for night hunting or observation.
It has two high-definition digital display screens, which can watch two different angles at the same time or switch to single-eye mode for easy adjustment and focusing.
It has multiple display modes, which can be selected according to different environments and needs, such as black and white, green, red, etc.
It has a built-in digital camera, which can take photos or record videos, and transfer them to a computer or mobile phone through USB or SD card for easy storage and sharing.
It has a detachable helmet bracket, which can be fixed on the head or hat, allowing hands-free operation, or can be supported by hand-held or tripod.
Its outer shell uses waterproof and dustproof materials, which can adapt to various harsh weather and terrain, durable and lightweight.

 

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After we placed the order online, we quickly received the package. We opened the package and saw a black hard plastic box, which contained the night vision binoculars, helmet bracket, USB cable, SD card, battery, and instructions. We followed the steps in the manual to install the battery and SD card, then put on the night vision binoculars and pressed the power button. We immediately felt a magical feeling, the originally dark room became clear and visible, and we could see details such as paintings on the wall, books on the table, and stuffed toys on the ground. We tried different display modes and zoom levels and found that the effect was very good. We also took a few photos and recorded a video, transferred them to our mobile phone through the USB cable, and found that the image quality was also very clear. We are very satisfied with the performance and user experience of this night vision binoculars.

To test its performance outdoors, we decided to go out at night. We drove to a forest park in the suburbs, parked the car, put on the night vision binoculars, and walked into the dark forest. We immediately discovered a new world. With the help of the night vision binoculars, we could see various animals in the forest, such as squirrels, rabbits, foxes, and owls. We also saw a deer standing on an open space, eating grass. We quietly approached it, wanting to take a close-up photo. However, just as we were about to press the shutter, the deer suddenly lifted its head and discovered us. It panicked and ran away, and we quickly chased after it, wanting to get closer again. However, the deer ran too fast, and we soon lost it. We had to give up this opportunity and return to the car.

 

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This nighttime adventure made us more satisfied and trusting in the performance and user experience of the night vision binoculars. We feel that it is a product that is very suitable for hunting or observation, which can allow us to see more things in the dark and record our observations and feelings. We look forward to using it to go hunting in Liangshan, experiencing a different adventure and challenge.

We searched for information online and decided to go hunting in the western part of Liangshan, where the Daxue Mountain Range and Lugu Lake are located. It is a traditional hunting area of the Yi ethnic group and a paradise for animals. We chose to leave a day before the Torch Festival because the Yi people hold grand celebrations during that time and we could participate and experience their joy and enthusiasm. Our hunting targets were wild boar and pheasant because they are more common and easier to hunt in Liangshan. We used rifles and bows for hunting as they are quiet and do not disturb other animals. Our hunting equipment included a night vision binoculars, tents, sleeping bags, food, water, flashlights, knives, matches, and other necessities.

We drove to Xichang City in Liangshan and then took a local minibus along the winding mountain road to the west. We admired the scenery outside the window, including towering peaks, dense forests, clear rivers, beautiful lakes, and many Yi villages and houses. They greeted us with torches, wearing colorful clothing and various silver ornaments. We felt their warmth and hospitality and were curious about their culture and lifestyle.

We got off the bus in a place called “Muli,” a settlement of the Yi people and a hunting base. We rented a small cabin and set out for hunting with our night vision binoculars and other equipment. We walked along a trail and stopped from time to time to observe our surroundings. When the sun was about to set, we found a secluded spot and set up our tent to prepare for overnight camping. After eating some food, we put on our night vision binoculars and started hunting at night.

With the help of the night vision binoculars, we could clearly see animals in the distance, some of which were our hunting targets, and some were large predators that we did not want to provoke. We carefully selected a fat wild boar and aimed at its head with a rifle, gently pulling the trigger. We heard a muffled sound, and the wild boar fell to the ground without struggling. We happily ran over, dragged the wild boar back to the tent, and cut some meat with a knife to roast on the fire. We also used a bow and arrow to shoot a pheasant, which we also roasted on the fire. Soon, the aroma wafted over, and we could not help but salivate. We ate happily and felt that it was the most delicious food we had ever eaten in our lives.

 

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After filling our stomachs, we rested in our sleeping bags. The next morning, we packed up and brought the remaining wild boar and pheasant back to Muli. We gave some to the local Yi people, who were very grateful and invited us to participate in their Torch Festival. We gladly accepted their invitation and went with them to the festival venue by Lugu Lake. Many Yi people had already gathered there, wearing gorgeous clothing and holding torches, dancing, singing, and playing around the lake. We joined them and felt their joy and enthusiasm. We also tasted their specialty foods, such as roasted lamb, butter tea, yogurt, and more. We felt that it was a very memorable experience that gave us a deeper understanding and respect for the culture and life of the Yi people.

Our hunting journey in Liangshan was not over yet. There were still other sights and foods we wanted to see. We searched for information online and found that Liangshan had many places worth visiting, such as Lugu Lake, Qionghai, and the matrilineal culture of the Mosuo people. We decided to include these places in our itinerary and experience the different styles of Liangshan.

We first went to Lugu Lake, the deepest plateau lake in China and the homeland of the Mosuo people. We rented a small boat by the lake and toured around the shore. We saw clear water, green trees, various fish, and water birds. We also saw the Mosuo people’s houses and piers, which were all made of wood and had a unique style. After getting off the boat, we went to a Mosuo family inn and stayed in their guest room. We talked to them about their life and culture and found that they were a matrilineal society that did not have a marriage system but a walking marriage system. Their family consisted of the mother, siblings, and children, and the father played only a temporary role. Their property and surname were also passed down by the mother, and daughters were the head of the family. We felt that this was a unique form of marriage and admired their ability to maintain their traditions and customs.

After leaving Lugu Lake, we went to Qionghai, the largest plateau freshwater lake in China and a holy place of the Yi people. We found a restaurant by the lake and tasted the local specialty foods such as butter tea, roasted lamb, yogurt, and more. We ate happily and found that these foods were delicious and suitable for the plateau climate. After eating, we went to a small island on Qionghai called “Daughter’s Country.” It was a place where the Yi people worshipped their goddess and ancestors and had many ancient temples and towers. We visited these buildings and felt the Yi people’s awe and belief in women and nature. We also saw many Yi people dancing, singing, and playing on the island, wearing gorgeous clothing and holding torches to celebrate the Torch Festival. We joined them and felt their joy and enthusiasm.

 

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We toured Liangshan for a week, saw many beautiful scenery and touching cultures, and met many friendly people. We felt that it was a very worthwhile trip. We gained a lot of knowledge and experience, took many photos and videos, and recorded what we saw, heard, and felt. We also used the night vision binoculars to observe Liangshan’s night sky, seeing different scenes such as stars, the moon, and animals, feeling the mystery and beauty of the darkness.

After returning to Xichang City, we prepared to end our hunting trip and return to our hometown. We put away the night vision binoculars and other equipment, packed them into our luggage, and bought some specialties and souvenirs to give to our relatives and friends. We stayed in a hotel in Xichang City for one night, then took a train to leave Liangshan the next morning. On the train, we reminisced about our hunting journey and felt a lot of emotions. We felt that this trip not only allowed us to experience different cultures and scenery but also allowed us to know ourselves and each other better. We were also very satisfied with the performance and user experience of the night vision binoculars and felt that it was a very practical and interesting product that allowed us to see more things in the darkness and record what we saw, heard, and felt. We decided to use it to go hunting or observing in other places in the future, experiencing more adventures and challenges.

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