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Sanyue Jie worth going to?
I am trying to fit Dali into my itenerary and noticed that Ill be there around the time of the Sanyue jie festival. Is this worth visiting for? It would mean cutting out Kunming or backtracking to Kunming at a later time.
Any suggestions are appreciated!!
RE: Sanyue Jie worth going to?
I am not aware of this festival but in relation to Kunming it would not be a major loss to miss out on it. Apart from Stone Forest which is day trip from Kunming (over priced and rather touristy) there isnt a lot to see in Kunming. If you do stay there I recommend Camellia hotel and taking day train to Dali (you can actually get tickets for this at Camellia)though train takes most of day and remmber you arrive at Dali new town not old town.
Time better spent in Dali or Lijiang or Tiger Leaping Gorge if your heading onwards after Dali.
Travel Tips for Dali
Dali old town seems to be widely acknowledged as "Backpackers' Paradise" in China. Foreign visitors like to stay in Dali ancient city. Some backpakers of them live there for months or even years, to observe and study the fascinating culture of Bai nationality. In the so - called " Yangren Street (foreigner's street) " in the heart of ancient city where is always full of foreign visitors, there are several dozens of cafes, western style restaurants, and clothes shops offering services to foreign guests. I found the foreigner street to be a sort of quiter and above all more clean version of Bangkok Kao San road.
Yunnan is popular because it is an area with many minority etnic groups.
In Dali and the surrounding areas you find the Bai ones.I thought that minority groups were just different for clothes, specially hats, here I learnt that they also have different food, and above all language, also written one, different caracters, not just slang but real languages.
A friend told me that even if she grew up in Bali she could hardly understand the Bai language and nothing at all about the naxi one, typical of Lijiang.
Most local people in Dali make a living by tourism. They sell handicraft products, wax printing cloth or special local products. The life of local people is satisfied and slow. Hanging around the old town , you can forget of fast life of big city.
The white thing which women sell is called ' ru shan'. They can make of milk, taste like cheese.
Iglesia Católica /Catholic Church
Callejeando por Dali , nos encontramos con esta curiosa iglesia católica que está en un edificio muy "chino" y muy bonito
Strolling in the Dali streets , we found this curious Catholic church in a building that is very "Chinese" and very pretty
This small church, which I don't know the name of, is located along Fuxing Lu near the centre of the old town. It was luckily open when I visited Dali so I peaked inside but the interior is very simple with no altar and just a picture of Christ floating above the Great Wall of China (which was kind of unusual to see - see one of the photos).