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Dali, China

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 the sights & and eating at the BBQ stalls.
Again, it's all about the food ;-) but the stalls were great just to gaze & guess at what actually most of the 'meat' skewers were, and sit amongst the locals instead of sitting in one of the many pubs along 'Foreigner Street' (yes, that what it was actually called!)

Aside from eating & drinking we did a little trek one day & decided to walk almost 2hours up the Mountain instead of taking a 20 minute cable car ride. The scenery was fab, however the rain was very persistent that day & when we finally reached the top we had to take cover. It absolutely chucked it down!!
There was no way we could make it down by walking, it would have been just too slippy & steep so we succommed & took the cable car. Coincidently it was here that we met an Australian couple that actually had family in the same town as where my Mum lives, and they had even visited 'Mow Cop' which is where we live.
It truly is a small world!!

permalink written by  mich_and_dan_moors on August 1, 2011 from Dali, China
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