Four Seasons International Youth Hostel
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... the bottom bunks (there are 3 levels of bunks) and there we sat invading each other's personal spaces and unable to move an elbow for the two hours. Arrival at this non-descript station was celebrated by a hundred people or so all yelling and touching you so that you'll use their car as a taxi. After running this gauntlet it was then time to pile (almost literally) onto a bus in order to actually leave Dali city and head to the old town. Many foreigners prefer Dali ...
... The city actually used to be called Zhongdian but ten years ago, in an effort to attract tourists, they re-named it Shangri-La after the fabled paradise in the novel The Lost Horizon. The Old Town's nice enough but it's full of tourist shops amd guesthouses and most of it's pretty tacky. I met a Spanish lad, Pedro, and we decided to have a few drinks and stay up for the Spain v France match (it starts at 2:45am here).
The next day we had a lazy one and I ...
... panniers until nearly lunch time depending on how deep and dark the valley we were following was. Each day the sun would warm the land and the winds would pick up, but we could usually wear a T-shirt each afternoon (well, could if it wasn't floating down the Mekong somewhere anyways!).
People everywhere were very very friendly and we could expect a half pronounced but full hearted "Haylooooo?", from every group we passed, followed by giggling ...
... they are, the tourist season had passed but the prices remained, the local stools were cheaper but no convo' to be had, so I bit the bullet, bought a huge poncho, supplies and rented a bike. 20quai for the day on a new mountain bike with gears but no mud guard.
Leaving Dali at 10:00 I head first to the famous 3 pagodas. Ancient stacks in. triangle shape towering over beautiful gardens. I didn't pay the entry as I was not stopping for too long and got a good look from the car ...
... tourists. It was lovely; the view of the cloud covered mountains, the view of the city below and Erhai Lake, the streams and waterfalls, and the mix of colors - red, green, orange and yellow of the forest.
Heading into the eastern direction, right above Zhonghe Temple lies the secluded Higherland Inn which offers dorms, food and a relaxing atmosphere. http://www.higherland.com/