Dali, in the Central-Western Yunnan province of the PRC is an incredibly relaxing place – an ideal location to unwind for a few days. The town is sandwiched in between the Erhai Lake (means ear in Chinese as the lake is shaped like an ear) and the Cang Shan mountain range, providing a picturesque scene of both mountains and lake. Everywhere you turn there is a spectacular view. The actual old town of Dali is not the big attraction here (for me, anyway). It is the little villages, roads and opportunities to explore that makes this place great. Winter is also the ideal time to visit as the crowds are few and the weather is crisp, dry and clear blue skies. I highly recommend a motorbike tour around Lake Erhai. You can also hike to the top of some of the peaks of the Cang Shan mountains. Most importantly, this is a place to really feel the local vibe and go slow. Everything is slow-paced, care-free and friendly here.
After landing in Kunming, we traveled from the “city of eternal spring” by bus to Dali proper. There, we were picked up by our kind hosts and checked into the Wamaoyun Sea View Courtyard Inn. This location is in the town of Yinqiao about 15 or so kilometers north of Dali proper. I highly recommend this place as the service and the view right off of the water was beyond exceptional. Just a few shots from around the place.
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Breakfast was outstanding. We witnessed a perfect view of the lake and met the sun every morning to warm us up.
Who wants to go for a bike ride around the lake? THIS GUY!
There is so much intense scenery around the lake. We cruised through little villages and observing the slow life of rural China.
Fishing is a way of life here. Fascinating to watch the fisherman at work.
Birds are getting a piece of the action too.
Tie your shoe Ross!!!! These guys have been following me forever!
The road ahead!
Since we were staying on the eastern side of the lake we had the most spectacular sunrises.
This was an awesome day of adventure! Stay tuned for a visit to Dali Old Town and getting more into the local culture and history of these kind people.