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Nice breakfast at the hostel then off on a cruise around Er Hai lake (the huge lake in Dali).

Yet again we managed to join a tour where we were literally the only westerners (and this was a ferry load of around 200 people)! So yet again we stuck out like sore thumbs. As soon as we arrived at the port, the relentless 'paprazzi' were snapping sneaky photos of us. For whatever reason we were not in the mood for it today! So Jo made sure to pull a load of silly faces whilst I tried my best to hide behind her!

The lake was beautiful in the sunshine. Sunlight glittering off the water, amazing views of the mountains and a nice breeze on the boat (which unfortunately meant that we didn't realise we were going slightly red in the sun)!

First stop was a tiny island selling all sorts of hot food (mainly things caught in nets out of the lake). Jo was adventurous and got a flat potato cake with shrimp, little fish etc... in it. I was not so brave! Some spiced potato on a stick was all I stretched to today!

The next stop was another, much larger island, with a palace, Buddhist statue, and a sandy beach. After strolling around the island we decided to head to the little beach to dip our toes in the water and get some photos. One person asked to have their photo taken with us and that was it...we were there for about 15 minutes with people queuing up for us! Hilarious! But they were so lovely we couldn't say no!

Back on the boat to get to the next stop. Unfortunately for us, we did not twig that this was in fact the last place on the cruise. So after spending some time in the fruit market we tried to get back on the boat. Epic fail! We couldn't get back on!! What we hadn't realised was that our tickets were one way only. We were almost 30km from where we started that morning. Oops!! By some stroke of luck a driver had just dropped some people at the dock and was heading back to Dali so he dropped us back in Old Town for practically nothing. Thank you random taxi driver for taking pity on us!

We went for dinner on Foreigners Street in Old Town (actual street name) and then stopped for genuine Belgian waffles on the way back to the hostel (the man who runs the stall is from Belgium)!

A few beers in the hostel finshed another laughter filled day in China. New beer sampled today = "Happy Hours"!

Tam xx

Posted by Tam-Jo 07:00 Archived in China Tagged dali

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