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... or so up the hill and into an old residential courtyard. The house is indeed not modern, but how old it actually is, we are not sure. As mentioned previously, things age very quickly in China because the quality of materials used is often inferior. Anyway, it is obvious that this family household operate a small scale dying plant for the batik material that is typical of this area. Traditionally it is a very dark navy colour with white design, but more recently it is ...
We had to leave our really pleasant hotel to travel to Dali. We began with a visit to the market in Shaxi. First the. Livestock and then the fruit and veg. The livestock market was a little reminiscent of the one in Kasgar, but smaller. We then travelled onwards. It was 126 kilometres to Dali. We visited a tie dye workshop in a small village near Dali. I had never realised that indigo was a bush and neither had I realised you could ...
... this massive red gash on the landscape.
Everywhere in China there is construction on a massive scale – whether it be underground railways (Xian and Kunming) or apartment buildings (everywhere) or roads (everywhere) there are cranes, diggers and trucks around every corner and in every place we have been to. I read once that 80% of the world’s cranes are in China and I don’t doubt that.
Clare and her driver took us to the old part ...
... us that the wealthy live here and this was obvious
the previous day as we drove through - large modern two and three
storey homes and expansion back towards the hills. A huge stadium
calling itself an 'International Olympic Stadium' interested us but
our driver told us it had not been used for the 2008 Olympics: "The
Chinese Government likes doing things for show" was my
interpretation of his comment. This time ...
... night we took it easy and on the sscond day we joined Daniel, Italy, Si Min, Singapore, and Mikel, Austria, and went wandering. We rented some bikes and headed out to some Naxi villages but they were only OK. That night I we had a beer and Jintao taught us how to play BaYi, a popular Chinese card game. Now this blog wouldn't be one to blow his own trumpet, nor do I own a trumpet, but I think I was pretty good at this game.
The lads all headed off the next day ...