Hengsheng Garden Hotel Dali
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... br> Last owner proudly displays
Lonely Planet written on his chalkboard
And we share a baba table and get directions to the outbound bus stop
From bicyclers toting their Chinese
Yesterday started with Ana making me strawberry pancakes for my birthday, yum! And hopping on a bus for a 4 1/2 hour bus ride to Dali. It is sandwiched between mountains and Lake Erhai, and the mountains are the home of the original camellia. We are staying at Jade Emu hostel, run by an Aussie, who understands exactly what travelers need and want. Very comfortable here. Last night, ...
... system is quite good, very comparable in many ways to the United States'. But the road we took to the plant was more like a country back road filled with twists and turns and potholes! We finally arrived around midnight. The plant has dormitories for its workers who usually spend the week there and then go home on the weekend. I stayed in somebody's room for the evening. It was very nice with a very nice hot shower! Today we ...
... trip to be "basic", the accommodation is all really nice. Some people spent the afternoon trekking in the mountains surrounding Dali, but I decided to chill out in town. A group of us had lunch and I tried some traditional Bai food (Bai are the local people living in this area). After lunch, most of the people were too sick to see the town so Dan and I set off on our own to get off the tourist trail and see some of the real town. It was great. The town, ...
... us. We each got to hold cormorants and get some placed on the head. We've got some great pictures and we have video as well!
Afterward, we toured the town which had some old buildings as well as a 300-year tree where egrets liked to nest. We'd brought the binoculars, so Sonia had a great time watching all the birds fly in and around the tree.
We ended the day around a local lotus pond reflecting on the day and the trip ...