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Dali – China’s Backpacker Mecca Posted by on Oct 26, 2016

Dali Yunnan

While China may not be nearly as popular as Southeast Asia or South America with backpackers, that doesn’t mean there aren’t great places there for independent, adventure-seeking travelers. One of the most popular areas in China for backpackers is Yunnan (云南 – yún nán). Home to stunning mountain scenery, vibrant ethnic minority culture, and delicious…

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San Yue Jie Festival Video Posted by on Mar 2, 2016

San Yue Jie Festival

On the third full moon of the lunar calendar, the streets of Dali come alive for the San Yue Jie festival. Merchants sell a wide array of goods, there’s horse racing, and even makeshift tattoo parlors. Check it out in this short video highlight: San Yue Jie (三月街 – sān yuè jiē) Bai people (白族…

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San Yue Jie – A Street Festival in Dali Posted by on Feb 25, 2016

On the third full moon of the lunar calendar, the circus comes to Dali. Ok, it’s not exactly a circus, but it sure looks like one. San Yue Jie (三月街 – sān yuè jiē), or “Third Month Street”, is the biggest festival of the year for the local Bai people. If you’re wondering why the festival uses…

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Exploring Dali Posted by on Feb 15, 2016

Dali Yunnan

Dali (大理 – dà lǐ) is a city in southwest China’s Yunnan province. Mention this name to anyone in China and they will know exactly where you are talking about. It’s no surprise that it is one of China’s most popular tourist destinations with its tall mountains surrounding the city along with the beautiful Er…

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Shaxi Video Tour Posted by on Feb 11, 2016

Shaxi Villages

We’ve already introduced the ancient town of Shaxi in Yunnan province in a written post, so now it’s time to take a little video tour. Check out the town square, a few temples, and an awesome hostel. Explore the beautiful surroundings on foot, and finish with the colorful Friday market.

Shaxi Friday Market Posted by on Jan 26, 2016

As I mentioned in the post about the Ancient Town of Shaxi, there’s a great outdoor market that goes on every Friday. Yunnan is one of the most diverse provinces in all of China, second only to Xinjiang in terms of how many ethnic minority groups are represented – there are 47 in Xinjiang and…

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