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... afternoon in the main square under the shade of two enormous and very old trees (230 years). The narrow little streets leading off the square are typical of Bai architectural style. A lot of the residents of this area belong to the Bai minority people. Many of the women wear a distinctive head dress. We are invited to visit the old house of an attractive Bai woman who is selling at a market stall. Suspicious, we are assured there is no fee to pay. So we walk with her for ...
... areas of Yunnan, plus there was wifi everywhere (with Facebook!! which in China is extremely rare). BUT upon arrival we soon realized that stupid Larche had booked the wrong dates online and we were screwed for accommodation for the first night!!! What's worse, because of The Spring Festival, pretty much every hotel was full. We managed to book the Jade Emu for the next few days but we still has to find somewhere for the night, Virgin Mary style.
After Julie ...
... paying for the nicer bus as some of the others, though cheap, looked pretty uncomfortable. The ride was quite beautiful as we drove up into the mountains, passing small villages tucked in the valleys and ridges. A lot these villages were surrounded by rice patties and corn fields where even late into the day you could see people out working in the fields. It looked like these villages had electricity, but aside from a few modern amenities ...
... to see a glowing red face stare back at me in the mirror.
Yesterday we cruised on Erhai lake (ear lake lake), which is ******* cool. It's 40km from South to North, which I think is the largest lake I've encountered in my life! However, my East coast friends have informed me that Erhai's got nothin' on the Great Lakes, but let's think about which is more polluted?... China wins. If this lake was in Beijing ...
... became a concrete road, very narrow, sometimes only a metre or so wide. Double story stone and concrete houses towered on either side with big traditional Chinese doors that opened into tiny living areas or courtyards. We wound through this maze for quite some time, passing little old Chinese men sitting on their doorsteps in the sun and farming women heaving heavy baskets on sticks across their shoulders. We made it through to the other side and came out at the lake! We'd found ...