Down at the ferry
While the main fish wharf is at the end of Heping Lu, further south at the end of Jiangang Lu is the ferry - or ferries - that will carry you and your load 150 metres across the neck of the Sanya River to the Luhuitou peninsular. The creek is made narrower by the multitude of boats, large and small, moored three or four deep on either side. In the main channel, a constant procession of boats pass up and down, the smaller one person rowed boats bobbing in the wake of the bigger vessels.
Along the quayside, men repair and splice brightly coloured ropes and string buoys onto lines. Opposite, marine chandlery shops do a roaring trade in the latest Japanese radar and GPS equipment. By the boats, men sell fruit from a small stand. It smells of the sea, and diesel oil, fish and rope. A pleasant walk and friendly people: the people who have inherited the mantle of the people of Yazhou.