Dali Photo Album ⇔ (Clicking on photos reveals the entire caption and often makes them bigger.)
One of the best-known scenic places in Yunnan Province is Dali. I visited a good friend (Brian) and his family in July 2016 (see my blog for details), but I had been to Dali with my own family in 2007 (see bottom of this page).
Note the “welcome” sign next to the runway, and the mountains peeking through the rain clouds.
Old friends united… and Brian’s cute cat.
Dali’s “Old Town” offers lots of interesting sights and tastes. Apparently, we had stumbled on a “mantou” (steamed bun) factory!
My guide said the landlord (warlord) lived here in ancient days, but now this beautiful complex is a public school!
This church was built in 1904, so it has served the area for over a hundred years. Note the motorcycles behind me. They are everywhere in China’s cities, including Dali. I thought I was going to be run over while my friend took his time to snap this photo.
As I recall, the church had two main rooms: one with “Sunday seating” and one with an open space. Above the second, I found this pretty painting of the Christmas story.
Quite some distance from the protestant church, we found this beautiful Catholic church, circa 1932. The inside was just as pretty as the outside!
We read that much thought went into giving this church a “feel” that would mesh with the local Bai minority culture. The traditional carvings and colors were very striking.
Brian and I enjoyed a delicious lunch at The Sweet Tooth. Notice also the electric “tourist bus” (they are everywhere), as are Chinese tourists!
Inside The Sweet Tooth, restaurant and bakery. If you don’t know what the hand sign means, it’s “I love you.” The bakers are deaf, which reminded me of a similar bakery run by a friend of mine in Changsha.
On a clear day, you can see snow-capped mountains in the distance during many months. The sunshine is bright and hot, and the constantly-changing clouds, floating through blue skies, are worth stopping to gaze at throughout the day.
In addition to the tour guides who often wear traditional minority clothing, you can find many locals who wear these colorful clothes every day.
The green dome of a mosque makes a nice contract to the late afternoon sky. Dali is home to many Chinese Muslims.
High above the Old Town, you’ll find one of the two campuses of Dali University. It has a great view, but I don’t think I’d enjoy all the hiking needed to get around!
I took this photo from one of the teaching building. With an awesome view like this, it would be hard to concentrate on one’s studies!
The main gate, with the sun setting behind the mountains.
[right] The students call this “Lovers’ Lake” (notice my “self portrait” shadow?). [upper left] This sign advertises Brian’s business, which recruits teachers to work in China, and assists students who want to study abroad. He has an office in a nice location on campus. [bottom left] One more photo of the two of us. We met while we were both teaching at Xiamen University in Fujian.
We took our first trip to Dali while my parents were visiting in 2007; these photos (and caption) are from that trip, copied from my old website (http://www.krigline.com/dali.htm).
Dali offers a beautiful lake, an ancient town, and breath-taking views of snow-capped mountains. We hired a van and tour guide for an overnight trip from Kunming (it is about four hours down the highway). This view is from a small island on the far side of the lake, opposite to the ancient town.
Part of a movie studio complex in the hills above the ancient town.
The boat that took us to the island.
I can’t say enough about our short trip. The food was good, the hotel was nice, and the sights were beautiful and interesting. The movie studio offered us a chance to use a bow and arrow–Andrew particularly enjoys the chance to have such hands-on fun, but Michael and his dad enjoyed it too!
Our van circled the lake on the second day, offering great views of the mountains. We had left Kunming Friday morning and were back for a late dinner on Saturday.
The circled portion of this photo (and the inset enlargement) shows one of Dali’s most famous sights: three ancient pagodas near a monastery. Because of our limited time, we only saw them from afar, but we did get to walk through the town, and also experienced a traditional tea ceremony. This shot was taken from the movie studio; the ancient town is between us and the pagodas.
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