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Dali, China

Train ride to Kunming, Old Dali, Wanna da Ganja?

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Train from Guilin to Kunming

We didn't stay long in Guilin. After a couple of days, we decided to take an overnight train to Kunming, in China's beautiful Yunnan province. The Yunnan Province is in Southern China and home to 25 of China's 52 ethnic minorities. This translates into more colorful people and spicier food.

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Kunming however, is just another large Chinese city, so we didn't stay long. Shortly after getting off the train, we hopped on a bus for a 4 hour journey to Dali. Dali is lined by the mountains on one side and lake Erhai on the other. It is a miniature city that some preserved cobble stone street and traditional stone architecture within its old walls.


During the 3 days we were in Dali, we were approached by little old ladies offering us "da ganja" no less than 12 times. No doubt, its reputation as a backpacker hang-out has attracted a mixture of merchants catering to the tourists. Usually, a sweet little old lady would whisper it in your ear. They were very subtle, but paradoxically, also direct.


We left Dali in search of something more authentic. However, we have created a list of highlights of our time in China.

Memories of China

1) The countryside: At the very top of our list, we were most impressed by the beauty of the Chinese countryside. Our train ride from Guilin to Kunming was the highlight of our trip.
2) The Great Wall at Simatai
3) Commercialism: China is extremely capitalist. In fact, this zeal for commercializing everthing made the places we visited more touristy than we had hoped for.

Posted by edcastano 00:33 Archived in China

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I just love this incredible blog created by E&F(ah~ suddenly, I found you guys' names are intresting, isnt it? --E&F)
I really enjoy every word you guys wrote, especially -- "China is extremely capitalist". Actually this is what I have been thing for a long time. China is capitalist in the way she is performing, but its government just doesnt want to admit the fact, so I think that is why they call it " special Chinese socialism".

by amyan

I have not been to DaLi. It seems very very interesting there from your photos! Since everybody can see it from Francis' big smile! so the person is supposeed to be awarded is EEEE...dard~

by amyan

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