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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.
... like mini soft pizzas with the filling in the centre rather than on top. Each batch has a sweet and savoury variety. The sweet Ba Ba has a dark bean curd and brown sugar filling whereas the savoury one has a green salad onion and pork combination. We buy one of each and hot off the wok, they are delicious. No wonder there is a constant flow of consumers. It must be something really worthwhile for the Chinese to queue...
*AG is reluctant to do ...
... so far, let alone for looking at a few pagodas that you can see from the road and can't even go inside! Luckily I still have a valid student card (not sure how I managed that!) which have me a 50%25 discount. Even still, that is expensive. I wouldn't have gone for the full price! The pagodas and are really pretty looking. They are laid out to form a symmetrical triangle and are all made out of brick, with a white mud coating. But each one has been decorated in a different ...
... their children so their backs are on their knees, and they'll be holding the kids legs up while they just poo on the pavement. Though you rarely see piles of poo around so I assume they clean it up afterwards!?
When we get off the bus we've actually been dropped in Xiaguan so we have to find a minibus to get to Dali old town. I made a bit of a mistake here, because I didn't double check the price in the guide book before we got off the bus and I was convinced ...
... things up.
Lijiang was great.
You could stay in a hotel or live in its ancient city - unlike in Forbidden Cities, which were museums. But, I waited until I got to the ancient city of Dali to stay in a hostel. I think Dali's name means, "Big Logic." There seemed to be a lot of pot-smoking going on here.
The air was hot and wet and overrun with plants. A girl in my hostel room said she loved to go to ...