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Travel Blogs from Dali
... streets.Its always been built of stone,so what is old and new is not always obvious due to the clean rendered style of the architecture.Like Lijiang also it is a living culture not a museum culture.
So,blah!,anyway as usual I spend much of my time just taking it in,wandering around. Hired a bike and rode to Xizhou I think,its hard to tell.The road along lake Erhai is a very nice ride,all village/feild/holiday holmes/village /feilds/village.I rode till my ...
... lake. The
departure from Heather's hostel was complicated by the fact that
there was a marathon being run right through the centre of the town.
First stop was the same village we had been to with An. But we were
taken to some new places - a HUGE local Saturday market and a
different dyeing place. We priced what we had bought and found that
our lady had given us a better price. The drive round the lake
... 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 ...
... days in Dali with Vicki, a petite Chinese girl who was delightful and helpful. Dali is an area of 3 million people, and 1 million of these are farmers. The main crops are rice and garlic. There were rice crops everywhere! One of the things that has amazed us in China is that there is never a square metre of arable land that goes to waste. 10square metres of chillies here, 50 corn plants there - it is a constant patchwork of crops being tended ...
... Either way we managed to get a great view of the pagodas and felt very happy with ourselves that we had saved £26 in entrance fees, but we didn’t hang around too long as we didn’t want to be the cause of some shock-induced heart attacks in the village.
That evening we went wandering to try and find a cheap place to eat. Unfortunately cheap cafes are quite few and far between here in Dali and we were starting to get a bit fed up at looking at ...