last evening in dali

Wednesday, February 11:  After seeing the Three Pagodas of Dali, a taxi driver drops us at Dali’s South Gate, were we encounter a number of characters dressed in costume.

Dali's South Gate

Dali’s South Gate

Characters in costume at Dali's South Gate

Characters in costume at Dali’s South Gate

We have no idea what this is all about; the only thing I can think is that they’re people trying to make a yuan or two from tourists who want photos with them.

We walk through the gate and into the south part of the town, where we haven’t been before.  We find some colorful masks.  Alex stops in various souvenir shops; he has a friend who collects miniature containers and he’s hoping to find something unique for his friend.  He never finds anything.  I’m tempted to buy a mask or two, but I don’t want to drag them all over Myanmar.

Masks in Dali

Masks in Dali

Masks in Dali

Masks in Dali

Streets of Dali

Streets of Dali

We come across this huge statue, but I have no idea who he is.

Statue in Dali

Statue in Dali

Looking south to the South Gate from inside the town walls

Looking south to the South Gate from inside the town walls

We encounter street performers and people in costume.

Llama time

Llama time

Characters near the South Gate

Characters near the South Gate

We venture into a side street that looks charming and picturesque, with canals, fountains, red lanterns and willow trees.

whimsical street entrance

whimsical street entrance

Street with canals and weeping willows

Street with canals and weeping willows

Dali streets

Dali streets

More Dali Streets

More Dali Streets

Me in Dali

Me in Dali

Dali

Dali

Charming Dali

Charming Dali

Whimsical Dali

Whimsical Dali

street of red lanterns

street of red lanterns

While wandering through some of the side streets, we come across another mosque.

Mosque in Dali

Mosque in Dali

Dali's architecture

Dali’s architecture

We come across the Eighth Dali International Orchid and Camellia Expo.

Orchid & Camellia show

Orchid & Camellia show

Orchid & camilla show

Orchid & camellia show

orchid & camilla show in Dali

orchid & camellia show in Dali

Finally, we’re back to the food street, where we see the green-domed mosque again.

Green domes of the mosque

Green domes of the mosque

Dali's busy streets

Dali’s busy streets

Streets of Dali

Streets of Dali

Dali tourists

Dali tourists

Dali streets with canals

Dali streets with canals

pretty lanterns all in a row

pretty lanterns all in a row

We stop into a restaurant called Fragrance for dinner.  It’s a bit of a strange experience.  We’re told there are no waitresses so we must write our order on a piece of paper and deliver it to the chef.  Some things, like beer or drinks, are not on the menu, so we want to ask someone about that; however, there is no one to ask as the chef doesn’t speak English and the hostesses who seated us have disappeared.  I’m not even hungry after our big lunch this afternoon at Erhai Lake, so I have a few bites of Alex’s meal.  I wouldn’t have stopped to eat at all, except to have a drink.  Alex is annoyed at me for not ordering a meal because he feels uncomfortable eating by himself while I’m just sitting there.  But I don’t want to eat when I’m not hungry. I’m already putting on enough weight during my travels, so why should I? 🙂

Fragrance Restaurant

Fragrance Restaurant

Inside Fragrance

Inside Fragrance

After dinner, we go back to our hotel, Dali Mountain Delights, which has one of the coldest rooms in which we’ve stayed.  The one in Shaxi was the warmest; this one doesn’t seem to ever warm up.  Luckily my earache is starting to feel better.  I’m glad because tomorrow we’re heading back to Kunming, and then onward to the Stone Forest.

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  1. I love the contrasts in the “green domes of the mosque” photo. Everywhere there are crowds of people it seems.

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    • Thanks so much, Carol. Yes, sadly, everywhere in China there are crowds of people. Most of them are busy taking selfies in front of every sight too! It requires a lot of patience, which I don’t have, to travel in China. 🙂

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  2. The pictures are all great, even with the overcast sky. That water / waterfall in the middle of the street was really cool, as was the orchid and camellia show.

    Nancy

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  3. What a charming place, Cathy. Love those pedestrian streets with the water features. Nice picture of you. 🙂

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  4. A very pretty place!

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  5. Fabulous ‘front street’ Cathy! Checking out cos I’m on my way to the airport. Look after yourself! I might manage the odd message on my smartphone but it’s not my greatest talent. 🙂 🙂 Hugs!

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    • Thanks, Jo! Dali was a cute town, but crowded with the usual tourists. Hope you’re enjoying your holiday. 🙂

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      • Hiya Cathy! 🙂 I’m replying at 4.59 in the morning so a little bleary eyed! I got back to England yesterday afternoon and there’s so much to do before I leave for Poland. Thought I’d better make a start 😦 Fab time though! 🙂

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      • I know you’ve already left for Poland now, Jo, so sorry to respond so late. I’ve been swamped with work as we’re coming up on midterms. Plus, two weekends ago I went to Xi’an and today I’m going to Shanghai for 3 full days. Too much to do and so little time!! Have fun in Poland; hopefully I’ll catch up soon. 🙂

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