Date
29 May 2017
Beijing residents release dozens of fish into Chaobai River. Moments later, the fish were dead. Photos: http://big5.chinanews.com
Beijing residents release dozens of fish into Chaobai River. Moments later, the fish were dead. Photos: http://big5.chinanews.com

Beijingers stumped by instant fish deaths in Chaobai River

What exactly is in the water — or river in this instance?

Some Beijing residents are puzzled after dozens of live fish they released into Chaobai River turned up dead within minutes.

Standnews is reporting that a group of people held a ritual, complete with chanting and prayer sticks, to see off bales of fish on Sunday.

But within minutes, they were dead, floating belly up in China’s version of the river Rhine.  

Chaobai River has been fouled up by sewage from nearby residential buildings, according to Beijing Evening News.

A river management employee said people who release fish into the waterway are in fact killing them.

But their experience is not unique.

In Hong Kong, a Japanese tourist who ate a giant catfish caught in Ng Tung River said the taste was disgusting.

He described it as a mix of mud and detergent.

Japanese tourist eats giant catfish caught in dirty HK river (April 20, 2016)

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