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Travel Blogs from Dali
... I am pretty late and the machine is overly slow, so I can only work at that speed but hey, better than nothing! During dinner we book a tour around ErHai lake, the next day.
Today is the LAKE TOUR day.
We go downstairs at 8:45am to get a quick breakfast ( melted cheese on toasts for me, hihihi) then the driver picks us up at 9:30.
There are two other guys with us:
* A Spanish guy from Madrid going down from Shangri-La, ...
... that was overcrowded while the others were empty. Cocktails were so cheap that I treated those who could drink to "Dali Sunrise". We also tried the "Blue Hawaiian" and "Sex with Bartender". The cocktails were priced at around ¥20-¥25 per glass. Youngsters were crazy - they would not stop drinking until they got themselves drunk. We were all sober when we left Bad Monkey but they decided to get beers and continued drinking and play games in the hostel. Of course, ...
... hotel – I lucked out there!
Dali has an altitude of 1900 ms and is sandwiched between the beautiful 25 mile long Er Hai (a lake) and the 4000 m Green Mountains as a backdrop. The people of this area are The Bai Minority group. You can also see the remains of the Ming City walls, which surrounded the town and there are many cobbled streets and lanes.
I spent my first day there ...
... my peripheral vision give me a jolt, resembling LED torches. Myth no. 1: China is swarming with people, everywhere, and discreet camping is not possible.
The next day is all hills, but I'll say this: the Chinese roading engineers (perhaps 'ancient cart-hauling trailblazers' of somesuch dynasty is more apt?) are fantastic. Probably due to the preponderance of underpowered vehicles toting heavy loads, the gradients never seem to surpass 4-5%. Climbs are long, but gentle, ...
... I said.
"It gets worse." She said. "Maggie slipped during a dance-off and dislocated her knee. And Richard was M.I.A. until about 5:30am when he got home from a club. Know one knew where he was and the alarm was sounded."
"Wow. Eventful night." I said.
I thought we were about to get chewed out by Bing when he met us in the lobby but he didn't seem too mad considering he had spent the ...