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So now begins the road trip portion of our Chinese Adventure. It took around 5 hours to drive to Dali but it was worth it, driving is one of my favourite ways to get around as I have been doing more driving than flying on any holiday I have been on. I just think it is a much better way to see some of the local sites and countryside.
... ride to Erhai Lake where we got into a boat and were taken out on the lake. Here we watched some cormorant fishing. The birds have their necks tied so when they catch a fish, they can't swallow it and the fisherman can scope it up with his net. We then each got a turn holding two of the birds if we wanted and could have it sit on our head. After going back to shore we got to witness a tea ceremony and try four different types of tea. Each one had a different thing it ...
Yesterday we undertook a drive in the most fancy car Ive been in in China... ever. A Volkswagen Passat :p with the help of our friend from the hostel we arranged a drive in a car instead of having to go on the touristbusses. We waited outside a childrens hospital, where one was exposed to an array of deformities, which was quite grotesque.
On the 3-4 hour drive up we drove through mountains and valleys, and on the drive ...
... and even the miming wasnt really understood, but we got by and we didnt starve or get sick, and the people were generally really nice. In the end 6 weeks in one place is a long time and we are happy to be moving on to somewhere new, already just crossing the border into Laos the landscape and the lifestyle has changed dramatically, as have the people, and it excites us for the week ahead. Until then, there are a lot of great photos from China, with stories attached so ...
... the "cruise", in a fisherman's island. More shrimps and nothing to see. I think we're not going to be very satisfied today. Back to our car, we leave for lunch, but the food they serve us is absolutely NASTY, so we just eat some white rice. Day is getting worse. Next stop is Butterfly Spring, some kind of place where people in love should go for some intimity. I ...