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Hard Train Sleeper to Dali

Nath feeling better today but a bit weak & tired.

Beautiful sunny day & we headed out at 10am down one of the local streets - Shulin Street to look at shops. Nath bought some Dragon Ball Z stuff & was happy about that. Walked past a very old looking & tall pagoda & there was a tour group following their flagged guide to look at it.

Got to the big shopping street & it was so crowded. On one of the pedestrian bridges there were a number of disabled beggars. Have seen a few beggars now around Kunming. So many shops /markets & Nath didn't buy anyything but REALLY wanted to buy these cute little turtles. The penny size ones were only $2 AUS & the slightly bigger ones $5. He was sure he would habve no trouble getting it through customs but I managed to convince him otherwise!! Lots of street stalls here selling cooked corn, baked yams, peanuts & meat on skewers. Everywhere is crowded with the National Holiday week which finishes on the 7th October.

Caught a bus to visit Green Lake which is a large happening park & lake with beautiful willow trees. paddle boats, several bridges over to islands, pagodas & a lovely treed area where there was dance groups happening.

We stopped to watch about 6 different dances from very traditional with costumes, to line dancing to very special types that had us laughing. It was lovely to see the place full of people & wandering around with their families & dancing etc. I tried to convince Nath to join in with one of the groups but there was no way!!!

Bus back to Jinbi Square, pick up some snacks from the local supermarket.

Put some photos on of the yummy meat you can buy & a BLACK chicken next to white ones. Bet you didn't know you could get black chickens!!

We are both not feeling like chinese food & were slack & had maccas for lunch!. Back at the hostel at 4.30pm & will hang out here until we catch our train tonight. The tickets on a hard sleeper were $15 each & we leave at 9.45pm. Will catch a bus to the train station about 8,30pm. Think it is going to start getting colder now - have needed to wear my jumper here a few times!

Looking over Jinbi Square

Looking over Jinbi Square


Rooftop balcony

Rooftop balcony


View from hostel

View from hostel


Beautiful sunny day

Beautiful sunny day


Balloon seller in local street

Balloon seller in local street


Local St - Shulin St

Local St - Shulin St


Pagoda - Shulin St

Pagoda - Shulin St


Small & smaller turtles

Small & smaller turtles


Green Lake

Green Lake


Willows by the lake

Willows by the lake


Having a rest

Having a rest


Green Lake

Green Lake


Tea House

Tea House


"Special" Dancing

"Special" Dancing


Traditional dancing

Traditional dancing


Line Dancing

Line Dancing


Policeman booth

Policeman booth


Looking over Square

Looking over Square


Chicken in supermarket - not packaged

Chicken in supermarket - not packaged


Topiary tree in middle of bus lanes

Topiary tree in middle of bus lanes


White & Black chickens

White & Black chickens


Flowers in the Square

Flowers in the Square

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in China

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