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Unfortunately my computer was stolen in Cambodia and so went all my photos from Dali to Hanoi. Links to what Dali is known for:
... weren't the only ones wheezing our way up) but it was completely worth it for some of the fantastic and magical views you see at the top. Again, the mountain and cable car queue were full of Chinese tourists, so there was a fair amount of congestion along the route but we felt it only added to the experience, with people of all ages making the pilgrimage up the mountain.
The old town was full of life in the night, with people flooding the streets, restaurants ...
... thing I notice are people shooting pool and ACDC blaring from the sound system behind the bar - this is so Australian I am thinking, I almost feel homesick. Our room is spacious, modern and clean with a huge bed, wide screen telly and a good ensuite.
After a beer, we walk across the six lane highway and enter the Old Town through a barbican gate in the wall. The steep street inside is a fascinating walkway, divided by a landscaped mountain stream, with gardens, cafés ...
... in the trip so far!
One of the major highlights of our time there was our Rice and Friends cooking class (150Y), run by the wonderful Luxi. It was incredibly well thought out and fun, starting with a trip to the local markets, then a talk on the fundamental ‘Chinese Kitchen’. followed by cooking a delicious 3 course meal in her lovely courtyard garden kitchen! We were with a nice Canadian girl and two great guys from Holland called Hans and ...
... peaks. Er Hai Lake is the 2nd largest highland lake in China after Dianchi Lake at around 40km in length and 7.5km in width. I spent around an hour walking around part of the lake before heading back as it was getting pretty cold and I didn't fancy getting lost!
18th December (Saturday)
Today I had a bit of a lie in before trying to figure out what to do for the day. I eventually decided to take a ...