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May 9, 2015 - May 5 - Tacheng Nature Reserve

Tuesday May 5th In the morning we went to the Tacheng Nature Reserve to look for one of the rarest primates on earth, the Golden monkey, also known as the snub-nosed monkey. We were very lucky and managed to get some great photos of the feeding. In the afternoon we again spent time driving along the most spectacular highways and crossed the Baimang Pass, over 14,000 feet on our way to Deqen where are to stay for two nights.

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May 7, 2015 - Rock and Roll!

In the morning we visited an Buddhist nunnery up in the hills. One of the nun's saw Gill's walking stick and asked to try it. They had none so Gill gave it to her. Then a long drive back to Shangri La. In the evening we attended a Tibetan song and dance performance. Great fun and for a better description one could call it a “Tibetan Folk/Rock Concert”!!

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May 2, 2015 - Shaxi

May 2nd Today we continued exploring Dali. First stop Xizhou where looked at Bai architecture, characterized by open courtyards, surrounded by rooms and walls reflecting the light into each other.Then a visit to a “tye dye” factory. In the afternoon we arrived at Shaxi, a small, but very pretty, village that played a major part in the ancient Tea Horse route to Tibet. As far as I understood the village had remained extremely isolated until 1990’s when some western travelers wandering off the main route “discovered” it. It had been...

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Apr 30, 2015 - Dali, Lake Erhai and Three Pagodas

Start the day with a 360km drive on a new highway for Dali, north west of Kunming. There are still remnants of the old city wall that once protected it. The main inhabitants are the Bai people who have lived in the area for over 3000 years. There city is set against the Cangshang Mountains (13,000 ft) and is on the shores of Lake Erhai (6,000 ft) We visited the 9th century Three Pagodas and also wandered around the town.

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Apr 2, 2015 - Yunnan - Dali

C'est parti, on a decide d'aller en famille passer des familles en Chine... Attention les yeux et les files d attentes. Direction le Yunnan. La légende est bien vivante... les superbes rizières en terrasses, les portes du tibet avec Shangri-la, le calme de la campagne et la quietude de la montagne Chinoise. Bon comme vous allez le voir ce n'est pas exactement ca! Car les chinois sont ...(tres)... nombreux et donc chaque lieu touristique est prévu pour être pris d'assault par a peu près 2 millions de visiteur / an ce qui efface toute trace...

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Oct 16, 2011 - Dali, Yunnan Province

After another early flight, we met Marina, our guide for Dali. She is a Han Chinese woman married to a Bai policeman. She has one 6 year old boy. She could have another child. Minorities and farmers are allowed two children. She was dressed in a traditional Bai costume. The 4 Bai symbols are represented in the headdress - the wind by the dangling strings, the moon by the round shape of the headdress, the snow by the white trim and flowers by the colorful decorations. Brides wear a mirror on their chest at the wedding to reflect bad...

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Sep 18, 2011 - Dali - Three Pagodas, village visit and dinner at farm outside Dali

This morning was our 'free' morning and we decided to walk to the Three Pagodas located in the northwest suburb of Dali. The Three Pagodas form a symmetric triangle that are visible from miles away as a landmark of Dali. In the time of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms, Chongshengsi was the largest monastery in this area and the Three Pagodas were only a part of it. The monastery has long disappeared and only the Three Pagodas remain. Qianxun Pagoda, the main one, is square-shaped with closed eaves; it has 16 tiers with a total height of 69.13...

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Sep 17, 2011 - Dali - Changshan Mountain Walk

According to literature, Dali Ancient City was a gateway to the Silk Road in Southwest China, and also served as a seat of government and a major military barracks for Yunnan Province in ancient times. Dali is located on a fertile plateau between the Cangshan (also seen written as Changshan) Range to the west and Erhai Lake to the east. It has traditionally been settled by the Bai and Yi minorities. It is the capital of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture. Dali is also well known for its marble and the name for marble is actually 'Dali...

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Jul 28, 2011 - ** Guangxi - Blog(ito) **

Another blog? OK this one is short and sweet - the photos speak for themselves hopefully. Yangshuo and Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces are both in Guangxi – a province famed for its natural beauty and we were not disappointed. We spent a week biking, hiking and water-rafting our way round to try to get the most out of it. Yangshuo – famed for its dramatic Karst peaks – is set in the intersection of the Li and Yulong rivers – both lovely to take a bamboo raft down or for a quick swim. Although we were expecting it to be the usual tourist...

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Nov 19, 2010 - Delicious Dali

A straight forward and comfortable bus ride got me to the 740 000 strong city of Guilin. By Chinese standards a small city. I was thinking of taking a look around but the city doesn’t offer much in the way of sightseeing and the smog there was terrible so I instead opt to head direct to the train station. Besides, I only have a couple of hours till my train to Kunming is due to leave. Upon taking my seat in the waiting hall I met Chris, an American, who’s just finished a stint teaching English in Yangshou and is on his way home for...

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Jul 6, 2010 - Dali

Dali was a beautiful place set inbetween mountains and a big ear shaped lake. We were back down to 1000m above sea level as well which was lovely just not panting every time you climb the stairs. However this was our first proper experience of chinese tourists on masse and they made the whole place rather crowded. There were also small enclaves of almost all western people which were tourist central in a different and no more attractive way. Still as a base for exploring the beautiful scenery surrounding it it was great.

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May 10, 2010 - Dali

Time to catch up! Today we came from Lijiang to Dali. It was a 3.5 hour trip by car through countryside and mountains, and hardly any traffic, which is a big change from the city life at the start of the trip. Southwestern China has more minority tribes and open country as you get to the mountainous area. Here we are not that far from Burma and Tibet. Even though it is more rural, there is still plenty of population. Lijiang has an urban population of .5 million, so even the small cities are larger than Seattle. There has been so much,...

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