Travel Blogs from Dali
... repairing it with a leatherman it soon became clear that we would have to try and find another way home. By now we had ridden a solid 4 hours out so we estimated a walk back would take close to 10 hours. Not a particularly pleasant prospect. Luckily we managed to flag down a bus on the way back, chucked all our bikes on the roof and headed home.
Day 272: Tuesday 16th October 2012
Samu, Riku, Chris (A new arrival from ...
... spectacular, but the walk there was. On the second day, we took a cab to a lift up Cang Shan (Cang Mountain), and hiked 11.5 km through some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen: Huge valleys, waterfalls, pavilions, bridges, stone formations, all amazing. The path is paved, which made it very easy to do. Dali is wicked, I would definitely try to make it here, if I make it back to China. Peace out ...
Oh, and I'll finish this off by listing some of their rules there:
- Vegan diet only. Turns out when tofu is fried and spiced to oblivion, it can be quite nice.
- No smoking/drinking
- Women and men are kept strictly apart - different wings.
- Wear 'proper' clothing only.
- No 'going to the toilet' within temple grounds.
The steak and beer I just had was amazing.
... on the second day when we had finished shopping, yet were still intrigued by the people and the area. We wandered into a less touristy part of the old city and eventually found a clean looking restaurant/home. We entered with the intention of having a late lunch. By pointing, making weird vocal noises, and using our acting skills, we did our best to convey that we were interested in a meal with veggies ...
... about getting their slice of pie and more about past grievances. The Cultural Revolution is still a big sticking point. Guides were quick to mention what temples and artifacts we could no longer see because they had been wiped out. The (well educated) guides told us how purging the local elites and redistributing the land to farmers caused the loss of their culture and, except for a few remaining experts, their unique language. To be fair, every farmer we saw ...