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Yunnan – Part Two – Cycling and Swimming in Dali Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 in Culture

For our second day in the ancient city of Dali, we rented bicycles and went on a cruise of the countryside. We stopped to swim in the Er Hai Lake, rode by a famous temple with its three pagodas, and enjoyed a delicious lunch. In the evening, we strolled the streets and enjoyed some more delicious local food.

云南 – yún nán
Yunnan (south of the clouds)

骑自行车 –  qí zì xíng chē
ride a bike

农民 – nóng mín

这里真的很美 – zhè lǐ zhēn de hěn měi
It’s really beautiful here.

现在我们在大理的洱海 – xiàn zài wǒ men zài dà lǐ de ěr hǎi
Now we’re at Dali’s “Ear Lake.”

你不冷吗? – nǐ bù lěng ma?
Aren’t you cold?

不冷 – bù lěng
No, I’m not cold.

吃午饭 – chī wǔ fàn
eat lunch

我们吃了拍黄瓜和米线 – wǒ men chī le pāi huáng guā hé mǐ xiàn
We ate chopped cucumbers and rice noodles.

崇圣寺三塔 – chóng shèng sì sān tǎ
Chong Sheng Temple and the 3 Pagodas

金凤凰 – jīn fèng huáng
golden phoenix

旅游卫视 – lǚ yóu wèi shì
Travel Channel

比萨烤箱 – bǐ sà kǎo xiāng
pizza oven

晚上的时候女人喜欢跳舞 – wǎn shàng de shí hou nǚ rén xǐ huan tiào wǔ
In the evening, ladies like to dance.

当地的餐馆 – dāng dì de cān guǎn
local restaurant

咖喱炒饭 – gā lí chǎo fàn
curry fried rice

酱油醋和辣椒 – jiàng yóu cù hé là jiāo
soy sauce, vinegar, and chili pepper

饺子 – jiǎo zi

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


  1. Meegan McCaffrey:

    My children(ages 12 and 9) are coming to Yunnan Province in August 2018. The ride around the lake looks great but I am wondering how to find about traffic on the roads. Which road would you recommend for traveling by bike, for kids. BTW, we can speak Mandarin. Thank you very much for any help and advice.

    Also, can you swim pretty much anywhere or only in certain spots. Thanks again.

    • sasha:

      @Meegan McCaffrey Hi Meegan.. your kids will have an awesome time! We did this cycling trip way back in 2011, so I’m sure the situation with roads and traffic is quite different. All the hostels in town can give you maps with bike paths around the lake I think. It’s also possible to join a tour and have someone else guide. Not sure about the swimming, either… we just saw the local kids swimming and were sweaty from riding around so we jumped in as well!

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