My friend Brian Stowe and I went hunting on Mount Cangshan in Dali, Yunnan, China. Since hunting at night was involved, we chose the Wildguarder brand from Shenzhen, China. Through this hunting trip, I tested the Owler1 night vision binoculars with practical use and also learned about the local customs and cuisine.
Mount Cangshan is a famous peak in Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, belonging to the Yungui Plateau of the Hengduan Mountains. It is about 50 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide, facing Erhai Lake to the east. There are 19 main peaks in Cangshan, most of which are over 3500 meters above sea level. The highest peak is Malong Peak, which is 4122 meters above sea level. Cangshan is a national and world geological park with rich geological relics and biodiversity, and is also one of the birthplaces of Dali Bai culture.
We departed from Dali City and drove north along the Erhai Lake Ring Road, enjoying the blue waves of Erhai Lake and the snow-capped peaks of Cangshan. Erhai Lake is one of the largest plateau lakes in Yunnan Province, named after its shape resembling an ear. Erhai Lake is part of the Lancang River system and, together with Cangshan, forms one of the four famous scenes of Dali called “Erhai Moon”. Along the way, we visited scenic spots such as Shuanglang Ancient Town, Xiaoputuo Island, and Nanzhao Fengqing Island, experiencing the characteristics of Bai ethnic dwellings and the charm of Bai ethnic customs.
We arrived at the Cangshan Cableway Station, ready to take the cable car up the mountain. The cable car is one of the most convenient and quickest ways to get to Cangshan, where you can enjoy panoramic views of both Cangshan and Erhai Lake. We took the cable car from the ancient city to the Yujufeng Peak, which took about 25 minutes and passed by the famous Qingbi Creek and the Three Pagodas Temple, one of the representatives of Dali Bai culture and Buddhist culture. The temple was built during the Tang Dynasty’s Nanzhao period, and three tall white Buddhist pagodas stand in front of the temple.
We arrived at the Yujufeng Cableway Station, which is at an altitude of 3240 meters. Yujufeng is the best place among the 19 peaks of Cangshan to watch the sunrise and sunset. We found a suitable place to camp near the cableway station and began preparing the hunting equipment. We brought the Wildguarder brand Owler1 night vision binoculars, which is a professional night vision binoculars that can observe targets clearly in the dark.
After camping at Yujufeng, we waited for nightfall. When the night fell, we took out the Owler1 night vision binoculars and began to search for prey. This night vision binoculars is a new product of the Wildguarder brand, which adopts advanced infrared technology and can provide high-definition images in the dark. It has many other functions, such as:
1.Can take photos and record videos, and save them in the built-in 32G memory card.
2.Can connect to a phone or tablet through WiFi for real-time viewing or playback of images.
3.Can connect to a computer or TV through USB or HDMI interface, making it easy to view or transmit data.
4.Can adjust brightness, contrast, color, and other parameters to adapt to different environments and needs.
5.Can be powered by 4 AA batteries or external power supply, with a long battery life of up to 6 hours.
We used the Owler1 night vision binoculars and quickly spotted some wild animals on the hillside, such as wild rabbits, pheasants, and foxes. We chose a plump rabbit as our target, locked its position with the night vision binoculars, aimed and shot with our rifle. We successfully hit the rabbit, took a few pictures with the night vision binoculars, and shared them to our phones via WiFi. We were very satisfied with the performance of this night vision binoculars, which made our hunting experience smoother and more interesting.
We brought the rabbit back to the campsite and prepared to roast it over the fire. We peeled and cleaned the rabbit, then marinated it with salt, pepper, cumin and other seasonings. We found some dry firewood near the campsite, piled it up into a fire pit on the ground, and lit the fire. We inserted a wire through the rabbit’s body, then hung it over the fire pit, constantly turning and brushing it with oil. We chatted and enjoyed the beautiful night scenery and fresh air of the hillside while roasting the rabbit.
About an hour later, the rabbit was roasted and emitted a tempting aroma. We cut the rabbit into small pieces, gave each person a portion, and enjoyed it with beer and bread. The rabbit meat was tender, juicy, and had a natural sweetness and aroma that made us want more. We ate very full and satisfied, feeling that this was an unforgettable hunting trip.
On the second morning, we packed up our camp and took the cable car down the mountain. We decided to visit Dali Ancient Town and try some of the local cuisine. Dali Ancient Town is one of the representatives of Bai culture, founded in the Tang Dynasty during the period of Nanzhao, with a history and style of over a thousand years. Dali Ancient Town is located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain, on the shore of Erhai Lake, surrounded by water and towering city walls. Dali Ancient Town has many famous attractions and unique buildings, such as Yangren Street, Wenlin Street, Chongsheng Temple Three Pagodas, Wuhua Building, and Longyan Well. We strolled around the ancient town, admiring the Bai ethnic residences and customs, feeling the charm and atmosphere of the ancient town. We found a famous restaurant in the ancient town and prepared to taste the local cuisine. Dali’s cuisine is mainly Bai cuisine, with rice as the main staple, with a light and fresh taste, and often seasoned with Sichuan pepper, chili, pickled vegetables, and other seasonings. We ordered several local specialty dishes, such as:
Sour and spicy fish: This is a traditional Bai dish made from fresh Erhai Lake fish and pickled vegetables, sour and spicy, and tender fish.
Fire pot: This is a way of eating similar to hot pot, using a cast iron pot to heat oil, and then putting in various ingredients such as meat, vegetables, tofu, etc., while boiling and eating. The soup base of the fire pot is made from beef tallow, Sichuan pepper, chili, and other seasonings, fragrant and spicy.
Pot rice noodles: This is a kind of rice noodle cooked in a clay pot, with soft and tender noodles, rich and delicious soup, and toppings such as shredded meat, mushrooms, and greens.
Glutinous rice balls: This is a kind of snack made from glutinous rice, with the outer layer coated with sesame, peanuts, coconut, and other glutinous rice flour, and the filling made from sweet or salty red bean paste, sesame paste, etc. The glutinous rice balls are soft, chewy, sweet, and fragrant, a very popular snack.
As we ate delicious food and chatted, we reminisced about the bits and pieces of this hunting trip.
We felt that this trip was very meaningful and unforgettable. We not only experienced the excellent performance of the Wildguarder brand’s Owlery1 night vision binoculars but also appreciated the natural scenery of Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake and the cultural charm of the Bai people in Dali. We decided to come back to Dali for hunting and tourism in the future, to experience more beauty and excitement.