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Asia » China » Yunnan » Dali August 8th 2022

Dali and Surrounds I honestly would like to go back to Dali and have a longer opportunity to look around. Our day started with an opportunity to photograph "the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple". This was done at a distance, time did not allow us to visit the temple. Some vendors were selling objects and nick nacks primarily made from the local stone. The patterns within the stone were fascinating. We then proceeded to a village market place. I never got the name of the village. Here I had a small bit of Covid-19 unpleasantness. Many people were maskless, however as the only foreigner a security guard at the market entrance insisted that I wore a mask, I stopped to watch, I was the only person told to wear a mask in the short time that ... read more
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Asia » China » Yunnan » Dali January 1st 2019

Would be there every year, beautiful lake+amazing people, fall is the best season, pick up a hostel with local coffee and music, you then have all the time in this world.... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Dali September 12th 2018

Our trip to China began with a 9.5 hour flight from Melbourne to Guangzhou. After clearing immigration and collecting our bags we headed to the departures area again to check in for our next flight to Kunming. We struggled to find the check in counter and eventually realised this is because there is a second terminal at Gungzhou airport. We caught the bus to the second terminal and queued up at the service counter to see whether we could be transferred to an earlier flight. Queued is a somewhat generous term as it seems that word doesn't exist in China (how did we forget that?!). I eventually embraced the local etiquette glared / strategically positioned myself so others couldn't cut in and spoke to a lady who didn't seem to understand me that well so dismissively ... read more
Green Lake, Kunming
Green Lake, Kunming
Green Lake, Kunming

Asia » China » Yunnan » Dali August 17th 2018

Hi All. Just a day to spend in Dali so rented an ebike again for 100 rmb for the day. This bike was rather more robust than the one in Daocheng, which was a blessing as I did put it into a small ditch at one point. ?? There are markets in the villages all around Dali and on Fridays a very large market is held in YouSuo. YouSuo took just over and hour to reach on the ebike. The market was wonderfully colourful with many of the woman wearing traditional Bai minority costume. We were looking for the local Batik cloth and we managed to find some and the stall owner told us where to go to find larger pieces. After visiting the market we rode back along the west side of the lake along ... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Dali November 10th 2016

Dali is a real tourist area - absolutely heaving with coaches and Chinese tourists. We were is a nice hostel quite near the old city, but far enough away to avoid the real hustle and bustle. Day one was spent just exploring the area, and I walked to the 3 Pagodas and then on some of the old city wall. Sat 5 Nov 6 of us took tour from Dali which went around Erhai Lake (Ear shaped lake). Visited ZhouCheng and saw the women making Batik fabric dyed with Indigo. Very interesting. Bought some later at a market. We also went to two local markets and saw some amazing scenery. We saw lots of fishermen but didn't see the Cormorant Fishing which is typical of this area - you may remember seeing them on the HSBC ... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Dali November 4th 2016

The weather has warmed up, and we are heading south from Chengdu towards Dali. The scenery has changed again and we are driving through gorges lined with tea plantations. Yesterday we went to a tea tasting house which was really interesting, and you understood how the flavours develop with each brewing. On cook group for the last time, this time with Roberto. Lots of fresh vegetables and nice lean pork with egg fried rice - yummy. And now the landscape has changed again with much agriculture. It is a bit of an anomaly with power stations surrounded by local people cultivating the land using ox drawn ploughs, and hand tools. Everywhere you go there are corn cobs drying for pig food (although apart from some pigs in a trailer we haven't actually seen any). They are ... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Dali November 17th 2015

Bicycling around the lake and an excellent lunch. Electric bike rental, 50Yuan/day. !---! The Jade Emu International Guesthouse, Dali, China, 100Yuan.... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Dali November 16th 2015

Train from Kunming to Dali, 12:00, 5h, soft sleeper, 166.5Yuan. !---! The Jade Emu International Guesthouse, Dali, China, 100Yuan.... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Dali February 23rd 2015

23 fév Je quitte en matinée l'auberge de Kunming et me rend en bus de ville à la West Bus Station. C'est un 6 heures de route qui m'attend aujourd'hui, et je me rendrai à Dali, dans le Nord du Yunnan. La station de bus est saturé de policiers et de militaires armés qui patrouillent et surveillent les voyageurs. Rayon-X pour les valises comme à l'aéroport. C'est que Kunming a été plusieurs fois théâtre d'attentats ces dernières années. Alors que je passe le portique de sécurité, je me fait intercepter par un des agents en service: ... j'avais oublié mais dans mon packsack, j'ai un "Laguiole" que je traîne à chacun de mes voyages, cadeau de mon défunt père. Merde. J'avais oublié ce truc. "Knife" que me dit l'un des képi. "Yes. Yes" que je lui ... read more
Boat in Dali
Night in Dali

Asia » China » Yunnan » Dali May 26th 2014

Snad nejoblíbenější destinací západních turistů provincie Yunnan je město Dali (大理), ležící ve středu provincie, mezi hlavním městem Kunming a opičárnou pro čínské turisty, městem Lijiang. Město má zajímavou historii, bohatý kulturní život, leží skvěle posazené mezi krásnými horami a rozlehlým jezerem a v okolí je možné kromě staré a nové části města navštívit spoustu pitoreskních vesniček. Není divu, že město přitahuje spoustu hipíků, velké množství cizinců se ze všech možných míst Yunnanu usazuje právě tady, a ostatně i několik Číňanů se mi svěřovalo, že mají v plánu se přestěhovat do Dali. Mě, jako dočasnému rezidentu Kunmingu, musí stačit tři dny prodlouženého víkendu. Historie města sahá minimálně do dob dynastie Tang (唐), přesněji do 8. a 9. století n.l., kdy Dali bylo hlavním městem království Nanzhao (南詔). Z počátku šlo o vazalský stát tangské říše, jehož ... read more
Políčka mezi jezerem Erhai a pohořím Cangshan

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