Fairyland Hotel Dali Zhongheju
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This morning began with a three hour bus ride to Dali, but not before breakfast. We ate around the bus station and since we don't know what all the food is and do not speak enough Chinese to find out, we point to what we want, pay for it and hope for the best. A few of the people I was with found a little bakery that had some excellent choices. Lunch was a traditional Chinese meals with rice, a variety of dishes, one of which was chicken feet. Dali is surrounded ...
... Old town. The old Dali City was rebuilt in the early 1400s by the Ming Dynasty, as the much older old town was destroyed by the Mongolians. What you see in Dali Old Town today is the rebuilt Ming town. Since then, the fortunes of Dali have declined and its importance as a cultural and economic centre in the Yunnan area have been overtaken by Kunming, the provincial capital.
We got off the bus in Dali Old town, pretty close to the Foreigner Street ...
I visited 2 gates in the wall, the East and west Pagoda, they both looked pretty much the same to me I, tried to visit the 3 pagodas, but couldn’t get in, so that was
something I have missed here
Found a local supermarket to replenish my coffee and sugar supplies
On the way back, I found another of these old trucks, I took some better photos this time,
... decent hiking trail into something that can be accessed by tourist golf buggies - they're not there yet but I don't hold out hope for the future peace and quiet on that mountainside.
The rest of our week in Dali is spent wandering about the lanes and shops, stopping for drinks in the famous Bad Monkey bar, finding interesting food options and finally getting me a haircut. This is how we do it. Jane at the hostel asks one of her girls to write out in Chinese: "Please could ...
... idyllic, particularly as it’s set at the foot of the mountains. The backdrop of the mountains for the city looked spectacular. However, the amount of people/tourists was overwhelming (most of them being Chinese tourists although there were some foreigners around as well) and spoilt the atmosphere somewhat. There were hundreds of shops selling all kinds of things – things geared towards tourists, clothes, street food, maps, renting bicycle shops ...