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Dali, China

Another bus ride on to Dali, a very agreeable little town nestled between a mountain and a lake. Went up the mountain on day 1, then got on the bikes and went around some local villages on day 2. Saw some great local markets and had a taste of Chinese pizza from a street vendor - that should definitely be imported. Sadly the weather took a turn for the worse by midday. There's been loads of rain here the last few weeks and there was evidence of flooding everywhere. There was a landslide in a nearby village yesterday that killed 40 people. So the journey home wasn't much fun - think a grey, drizzly November day in England and that's about it. They don't really do heating in China it seems, so took quite a while to warm up again. Needless to say the process was aided by some alcohol. It's a beautiful town though, and really feels like proper China, complete with centuries old buildings, narrow little streets, outdoor food vendors and traditional craftsmen. Apparently the next stop Lijiang is even more beautiful, so just hoping for better weather there.

permalink written by  phileasdogg on November 4, 2008 from Dali, China
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