Fairyland Hotel Dali Zhongheju
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... there was a girl listlessly drumming along to some sort of tribal music, usually with her mobile phone or a bowl of noodles in the other, trying to entice in customers to buy a drum. They also sold CDs, and we wondered if they recorded people "playing" along to music and then sold them the result.
Unfortunately it rained most of the time we were in Dali, but we managed to get around and see most of the city. We climbed the South Gate and planned to ...
... also be Bai.
Whilst recanting this story to us the man showed an obvious pride for being Bai. Even through the Mao Tse Tung led cultural revolution, designed to wipe out individuality, the Bai retained their history through stories and refused to lose their heritage. He told the stories with such great vigor and passion as if it all happened to his father or at worst his grandfather. In fact it was 1300 years ago. The Bai hold ...
... of this tourist invasion is that for the only real man-made sight in town, the three pagoda park and temple, the owner charges a criminal 121 yuan (that's about 15 Euro). Way too much for China and not worth seeing more pagoda and temple... ;-)
Time for us to relax
Most of you probably won't believe me, but yes we were quite tired from all the frequent travelling in the past two weeks. Yes I once had to get out of bed of the Shenzhen airport hotel at ...
Reluctantly left The Old Theatre Inn and took the bus to Dali. The road follows the old tea horse route over the mountains and through a narrow gorge to Dali. All along the way it was shadowed by New China in the form of a giant expressway which is being built to eventually go to Tibet.
The scale of the new build is typical China - HUGE - probably needed as the old road was full of loaded trucks. Arrived in Dali - familiar from last ...
... a rowboat being rowed by a fairly old Bai woman, who was very happy. We rowed out to a cormorant boat - the cormorants are used for catching fish, with their necks constrained so they cannot swallow them. They catch huge fish, and for a reward they get a smaller one to swallow. Of course these cormorants, like much of Yunnan these days, work for the tourist industry! It was not as stomach-turning as it sounds, and as far as touristy gimmicks, ...