Yunnan is famous for its exotic vegetation, medicinal herbs, and tobacco. You'll see a lot of stands selling Yunnan cigarettes. Beware some of it real, others are fake. How do you tell? I don't know cause I am not a smoker.
I bought a pack of Red Pagoda Mountain (Hong Ta Shan) brand for my boyfriend who is also not a smoker to try. He said it was really strong.
Carrying away the bride
In this particular show's audience participation, selected attendees get to carry the bride away if they answer some questions about the show correctly.
Overall, the show was good even though it was geared for tourists...not exactly a 'cultural' performance. Price fairly steep at 120 RMB a person.
There is street of Dali old town is almost full of pubs and restaurants. You can find different faces all over the world.
Here is a Tibet cafe of another street. I like the decoration of the cafe very much!
Erhai Lake and Dali harbor
The Erhai Lake, known as Yeyuze or Kunming Lake in ancient times, is named after its ear-like shape. It is a fresh water lake in the Yunnan Plateau at an elevation of 1972 metres. It starts at Dengchuan in the north and ends at Xiaguan in the south with a length of 42 km and width of 8 km. The Erhai lake is the second largest lake in Yunnan Province, abundant in water resources. The Miju River and the Mici River in the north, the Bolou River in the east and the brooks from the Cangshan Mountain in the west converge into this lake. In the south, the Yangbi River is the outlet and finally converges into the Lancang River.
A visit to Dali harbor is a great way to get a view of Dali from the distance, and there are colorful boats in the harbor that make it interesting.
"Butterfly Spring" is some 27 kilometers south of Dali. The pool is some 50 square meters overall and above it is an ancient decumbent tree. This is the famous "Butterfly Tree", so called as in the short interval as spring turns to summer, its fragrant blossom attracts thousands of butterflies. These small multi-colored creatures fly around the pool and settle on the tree in great clusters as they sip the nectar from its blooms. This spectacular sight has given rise to a local festival when the Bai people gather at the tree on April 15th for the "Butterfly Meet".