Dali Charm ... how sweet it is
I felt as though I could sit in front of the
Sunshine Cafe on Foreigner Street all day and look at the
people walking by.
On Foreigner Street no cars were allowed, so
almost all the traffic was foot traffic. Occasionally, you'd
see a motorcycle or some kind of cart carrying a vegetable
delivery, but other than that, it was just interesting people
walking by -- monks and schoolchildren and tourists and locals,
all fascinating to the Western eye.
Water from the Cangshan Mountain range comes
down into the streets of Dali and cascades through open portals
built into the streets. In fact, in front of the Sunshine Cafe,
there was a 6-inch-wide trough of water that ran under the
outdoor tables, right under your feet, all day long, all night
long; how funny. The girls would use the water to mop the
floors each day.
We would have our cameras at the ready and just
take shot after shot of people walking down the streets. This
was how we spent a good deal of time relaxing during our travel
Here are more pictures from around Dali.
|This truck came along
once or twice a day. You knew it was in the
neighborhood because it blasted the "Happy Birthday
to You" tune over and over and over, like an
obnoxious ice cream truck.