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26.07.2009 - 27.07.2009 19 °C
Yesterday we set of for Dali. The bus journey was long and bumpy as the main road was closed for repair. We stopped a few times on the way and for lunch we had pot noodles.
Dali like everywhere else we visited had a touristy old town. The hotel we were staying at was the most luxurious of them all with clean large rooms and proper toilets. They even had free laundry whic I took advantage off by giving them all my clothes.
For Dinner we had a Bai banquet with many interesting dishes. Minced Donkey was very good. Silkworms on the other hand were disgusting. The food was very good overall and nice and spicy. By nthe end everyone was very full.
After dinner, we went Bamboo Cafe a bar owned by George, who is a good friend of Linda and Charlie's guide from their last intrepid trip. He was expecting us and he served us some really strong plum wine and Dali Happy Hours Beer. George enjoyed our presence and Danced with Charlie and let him DJ. A lot of alcohol was consumed. Rob soon found out that large ammounts of beer and high altitude do not mix and we took him back to the hotel. Charlie also eventually left leaving me to pick the songs. In the end Candy requested Led Zepplin and The beatles which we listened to through out the rest of the night.
When George left some locals joined us and we had a laugh with them. Jim a Tibetan was very cool. He could read peoples bodies by holding there hand. Also he bought us Pizza and nuts. Linda, Candy Natalie and I stayed until 3:30. It was a great night. Jim wanted us to go with him to have some hot pot but we decided it was best to go back as we had plans in the morning.
Today, most of the group went to catch a cable car and get some views whilst treking the nearby mountains. Lyn, Linda and I decided we wanted more culture rather than going on a mountain whilst it was raining and overcast. We decided to head 27km north of Dali to the local Shapping Monday market. We took a bumpy bus to Shapping. When we got there were we in for a treat. It wasn't touristy at all and the atmosphere was great. All sorts were on sale from massive vegetables, shoes, embroiderry, meat, fish (kept alive in bowls of water) and even farming tools. We wondered around for ages taking in the sights. It was brilliant! After a couple of hours we went a got a bus back in (tuk tuks were to expensive). This bus ride was even bumpier and for some of it we were airbourne.
We then went to have a look at the statue of Confusus near our hotel.
Tonight it is back to George's
Tomorrow it is back to Kunming