Hải Thanh Waterside

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Six blue and red fishing boats at the quay. The blue of a bright winter's sky and its reflection, seem well served by the edgings and touches of red, topped off by the Vietnamese flags on these fishing boats by Hải Thanh's quay This is the third page with pictures from the town of Hải Thanh in Tĩnh Gia District, northern Vietnam. There was a page of pictures of the Đót Tiên pagoda, Go to the page on the Đót Tiên Pagoda and there was a page devoted to the main street of the town. Go to the page on the town of Hải Thanh This page turns attention to the waterside; an extensive one, for the town sits on a spur of land with the sea on one side, and the River Kênh Than wrapping round that spur. For visitors, and especially those with cameras, it is the red and blue fishing boats, of which dozens shelter in the adjacent lagoon, that catch the eye. This lagoon is formed by the confluence of the rivers Khên Than and Lạch Bạng. (A splattering of names in the following is for the delectation of locals.) Across the water is the town of Hải Binh. To get there by road, involves a drive of some 30 kilometres, whereas the boat trip takes a few minutes - the ferry is well patronised. Two fishing boats out from the water's edge with a coracle by the bank. Two men standing in dinghy painting the bow of a boat. Left, a fine still day for a spot of maintenance.

Right, a modern coracle gives access to the boat. The Hội An River With a picture showing what appears to be a precarious bit of paddling. page showed a more traditional coracle.
Fishing boat with boats dotting lagoon beyond. Fishing boat with net draped over long pole to the front. A smaller boat with fishing net furled on a bowsprit Bow of fishing boat. Same picture as above with coracle, but with the bank covered in litter in view. This photographer often seeks to downplay the litter seen so frequently in Vietnam, thinking an occasional shot is more potent. This is the same coracle as above Quay with seven fishing boats and hill beyond. And a more picturesque shot to compensate for the mess of litter Bows of six boats. Most fishing is done in inshore waters, the boats leave early to get their catches back in time for the afternoon market, so the fish can be served in homes at dusk. The boats are often tied up from midday Three boats moored with two coracles at bank. The lagoon, running inland, extends for some four kilometres behind these boats. The next picture shows the river... Bay with town on left and sea just visible on horizon. ...running out to the sea, which is just
visible right of centre
Large ocean going boats in blue and red across the river. These much larger vessels, but with the same livery, are moored across the water on the Hải Binh side of the river View from above the roofs of the town across the lagoon fromed where the two rivers meet. The view looking over the quay area of Hải Thanh, and up the River Lạch Bạng towards Tĩnh Gia, with Hải Binh to the left. The River Khên Than goes off to the right and so forms the west boundary of the town of Hải Thanh. The first video clip (below left) sweeps round this view This clip shows part of a small boat's passage,
from the quay area, out to sea
The above video clip is taken from the hill in Hải Thanh looking across the river to Hải Binh Man with rod at estuary's side, two small boats going downstream. A fisherman watches the boat in the second video clip. Small boat at sea with island in background. And above, the island seen at the end of that clip Battered older boat on shore. Not all boats are so aesthetically pleasing Looking across wide estuary. The river as it enters the China Sea Boat heading upstream. Most small boats stay on the river. Some engine powered... Woman standing rowing her boat. ...and some are woman powered Two linked video clips. Above as I was about to take the clip (above right), a woman came up and pressed against me while I was looking away. This is quite normal in Vietnam. She was illustrating to her... ...friends, in the rowing boats, the difference there was between our heights. Stop the video above left at 17 seconds to see our different sized shadows! Above is the film I had been about to take when interrupted. Ramp where ferry beaches, with four rowing boats drawn up. The women seen here make some money by rowing people across the river. They wait on the slipway, used by the ferry which operates the same route, until the boat approaches when they move aside. No doubt they can undercut the rate charged by the bigger boat. Many of these women row standing up; another Vietnamese speciality is rowing with the feet,
as seen on the Inland Boat page Some other Vietnamese boats are illustrated on this page.
Ferry coming towards its ramp. The approaching ferry... Ferry a few feet off. ...ready for the slipway... Passengers walking off ferry. ...and passengers disembarking Motorbikes approaching and on the ferry, rower standing on her boat nearby. The next load embark, and while this is happening
a rower waits...
Ferry full and rowing boat returns to position on the ramp - umbrella up. ...once the boat is filled, the rower returns to the slipway, shaded by an umbrella, and touts for fares The ferry moves off. The ferry returns to Hải Binh Trailers... Setting sun looking west along Portobello Beach. The next page goes to a very different waterside community: Portobello, a suburb of Edinburgh in Scotland. Range upon range of hills into the distance. The next page of the Mosaic Section is headed 'Wonder'.
Or go to the contents of the Mosaic Section.
Saturday 21st November 2020 Murphy on duty ...guide to this site

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