Trip Start Aug 12, 2007
Trip End Sep 28, 2007

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

20/9 Dali

After a day of travelling on a bus from Lijang, we finally arrive at Dali. Dali lies in the shadow of a mountain on one side and a lake on the other, it has a very laid-back feel to the place. Within the old city walls, lies the 'ancient' town, the houses are quaint, 2 storey building with grey slate roofs covered in grass!?? However Dali is still well catered for tourists, we are definately NOT off the beaten track here, with backpacker cafe's and bars on every corner.

By the time we arrive its already 5pm so we find our fill in steamed dumplings..yum, (wish I could get these back at home!) and head for a walk around town. There arent too many ethnic minorities here as we had imagined, maybe they live in villages out of town.

We decide our sore backpackers backs need a pampering and are recommended an excellent deaf masseur, I thought he meant blind ...but no all the masseurs are indeed deaf. I manage to get the 'master masseur', I think Andrew is jealous! We point at the menu to indicate the type of massage we are looking for, and where it hurts on my back (from my fall in lhasa), and off we go. Its not the gentle massage I had in mind, but as the guy cant hear my screams there is no going back! He works those reflexology pressure points to the bone, while I mutter the gain, no pain! Somehow it works and my body feels floaty light, all pain has gone....he follows the massage with some ointment that feels cold, then hot, like deepheat. I look over and Andrews masseur is very multi-skilled, he seems to be able to text on his mobile with one hand while massaging with his other...!?!? We leave very drowsy and relaxed....
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