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Three new people checked into my room. They were all Chinese from Guang Zhou. We chatted the usual 'where are you from, where are you going, how long have you been traveling' conversation - all in Chinese! I was so proud of myself. They spoke slowly, I spoke slowly. But the communication...

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 22, 2012 from Dali, China
from the travel blog: Yunnan, China



The Developing Country Game!

Let's count how many things can go wrong in one day: Haven't eaten in 36 hours due to stomach bug. -1 Even after drinking water, I don't need to use the toilet +1 Pack bags quickly and am out of room early. +1 Bus not there at expected time -1 Comment to staff that bus is...

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 16, 2012 from Dali, China
from the travel blog: Yunnan, China



Tea party!

The poster in the room suggesting visiting a tea plantation as part of a custom tour where you hire a car for a day. Can I get there on public transit? "Four kilometer walk from the bus stop." "No problem, I can walk that far." "The way is not marked; it will be hard to...

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 13, 2012 from Dali, China
from the travel blog: Yunnan, China



Disney Dali

Trams zipping through the streets, guides on loud speakers. Where am I? I'm in Dali. The mountains are close by to the west causing an early sunset. The lake is visible if on the [new] old city wall. Contruction everywhere. Gorgeous cherry blossoms everywhere, too. Beautiful blue skies &...

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 12, 2012 from Dali, China
from the travel blog: Yunnan, China



Tomorrow's itinerary

AM: Walked around Dali's Old City; found the local market which was very photogenic. Tried to retrace my steps to the walnut lady but could not find her after three attempts. Bought fruit. AM: Walked atop the [new] Old City wall and enjoyed many picturesque views. Filled my SD card in my...

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 12, 2012 from Dali, China
from the travel blog: Yunnan, China



Sobriety test

Ate at a local place for dinner. It was packed! Only one table was open and it was a little squatty one near the open door. I had to sit on an 8 inch high stool. But packed is a good sign, right? In this case the locals packing it were significantly comprised of women in towel turbans. ...

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 12, 2012 from Dali, China
from the travel blog: Yunnan, China



Dali

Dali is an ancient walled city, in that respect it's very similar to Pingyao but on a much larger scale. It's a very pretty maze of little streets full of street stalls & shops situated amongst the traditional Chinese style buildings and we spent most days & nights simply walking, taking in...

permalink written by  mich_and_dan_moors on August 1, 2011 from Dali, China
from the travel blog: mich_and_dan_moors's Travel Blog



Dali Butterfly Spring

Travel some 27 kilometers south of Dali and you will come to a popular beauty spot known locally as the 'Butterfly Spring'. Situated at the foot of Mount Shenmo, the first of the peaks of Mount Cangshan the Spring rises to form a square shaped pool that is shaded by the dense foliage that...

permalink written by  helenlee on August 24, 2009 from Dali, China
from the travel blog: Helen



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