Travels in China – Kunming to Dali

Kunming to Dali by slow overnight train

Kunming to Dali by slow overnight train

After two nights in Kunming we headed for the station and the overnight train to Dali, some 300 kilometres to the west.

Kunming -  Dali

Kunming – Dali

Dali has an ancient town, three pagodas and the largest plateau lake – Erhai in China.

Dali fishing on Erhai

Dali fishing on Erhai

Local fishermen train cormorants to dive for fish, having ringed their necks to prevent the birds swallowing the fish.

Dali cormorant fishing on Erhai

Dali cormorant fishing on Erhai

All over south west China people use the roads as a convenient place to thresh and dry rice and other grains.

Dali - threshing rice

Dali – threshing rice

At the temple there’s stiff competition as to who can burn the biggest incense.

Dali - incense burning

Dali – incense burning

And with Yunnan Province being home to 26 of China’s minority nationalities, there’s plenty of colourful dress to see.

Dali

And the three pagodas.

The three pagodas of Dali

The three pagodas of Dali

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