We got into Dali around 1:30 p.m. and headed to our hotel. From the pictures online, this hotel that we were staying at looked so nice and really modern! The car ride from the bus station to the hotel was about 20 minutes and I kept thinking, "Ok so if I were a really nice and modern hotel where would I be right now?" Every building that we passed, I swear, had mud walls (ok not really, but they this place wasn't looking like the pictures we saw online). About 20 minutes later we pull up to this old looking building and the driver shuts the car off... "UHH hold on here! Where is this hotel? Oh man I think we are getting robbed!" The driver helps us get all of our baggage out of the trunk and we head into this building. "Oh man I'm totally going to be sleeping in the mud or something.. I know it!!" As soon as we turned the corner and walked into this hotel, it threw me for a loop! "Holy crap this is a really nice place!" Right when you walked in, there was a waterfall with fish in the pond. We walked into our rooms and saw a king-size bed with massive lights hanging from the ceiling. The bathroom had a toilet "Oh blessed day!" And the shower was absolutely gorgeous! Wow this is actually nicer than the pictures!
|I couldn't get a very good shot with my camera|
After we got all of our luggage in the rooms and laid down for a bit, we went out and started exploring Dali. We went down the street and rented bikes for $1.50 for the whole day! Jeff, Maren and Kyle all got regular bikes and I got a bike that had a seat on the back for Mason. We could not figure out how to keep Mason in the seat, and I didn't feel comfortable putting him in there and praying that he doesn't fall out. So we switched bikes where now all 4 of our bikes are the same and I had Mason strapped on the front of me, it's not the safest but I felt like it was a lot safer than putting him in the seat.
|Photo courtesy from Maren|
|Photo courtesy of Maren|
Oh my goodness! These things were EVERYWHERE! It was a wall of web on both sides of the road! And they weren't little either! I mean if one of these were in the road, it wouldn't surprise me if it caused an accident! (Well if I was driving it would cause an accident)
Right outside the dock there were a few stands that had piles and piles of dried fruit and lots of nuts! Since moving to China, I have really started to love dried banana's so we bought a bag at this stand:
|Photo courtesy of Jeff|
Our shoulders started getting tired from carrying Mason, so here is a bad parent award, we decided to put him in the front basket... and the funniest part is that Mason LOVED it!! We were all cracking up when Kyle would ride down the road and we would see this sweet little baby just chilling in the front!
That night, since this holiday in China is called "Moon Festival" our hotel provided peanuts, fruit, soda, and moon cake on the roof of the hotel so that we could sit out and watch the moon. It was very pretty on the top of the hotel!
|Photo courtesy of Jeff|
|At the front gates|
|This, apparently, was a game they played|
|Cool door handle!|
|I didn't understand why everyone was touching this guys nose, so after we took the picture Kyle asked a guy why he touched his nose and he said, "Oh cause he has a big nose like you American's..." Oh ok thank you!|
|Oh happy day! I found cotton candy! I was excited and I think Mason was too... or tired :)|
|Getting on the gondola!|
|At the very top of the mountain!|
|Photo courtesy of Maren|
The third and last day that we were there was by far my favorite day! We rented these little motor scooters and drove around the city. Jeff and Maren rented their's from a guy on the road and we borrowed ours from the hotel. I'm not sure what was wrong with our scooter, but it went from 0 to 5 MPH in about 5 minutes! haha oh man there was actually one time we were going through a little tunnel and I was helping Kyle by pushing off the wall with my hand! Kyle kept saying, "Why do we get the slow one! I can't believe that we have to Flintstone our way through Dali!" I was cracking up on the back! We started out by driving up and seeing 3 really old temples called the 3 Pagoda's. It was kind of expensive to go through the gate and look inside of them so we stayed on the outside and took pictures. Then our plan was to drive out of Dali a ways, but since Kyle and I were practically walking, about 20 minutes in this drive we decided to turn down a random road and head towards the lake again. It was the best choice we made this whole trip! It was absolutely beautiful! On both sides of this little dirt road was miles and miles of fields and workers! I kept telling Kyle that I feel like we are driving in a picture and we are controlling the focal point! It was so pretty!! At the end of the dirt road we rode through this really old town. There were so many really old people! There was one guy that we stopped and asked him how old he was and he said, "80 something." And almost every single one of them were still up and being active!! We went down every possible road in this old town just trying to get to the lake, there was one time we went down this little alley that turned into a dead-end and this lady stopped us and said, "No turn around this is my living room!" haha We rode on this dirt road for about 1 hour and Kyle said the funniest quote that made me crack up all day long! After riding on the road for about 45 minutes our legs and butt's were numb but we couldn't get over this view!! So Kyle says, "I don't even care that my tailbone is in my throat right now, this is gorgeous!" haha
|The 3 Pagoda's|
|Fields on the side of the dirt road we drove down|
This was a trip that I will always remember! It was a trip where there was hardly any down-time and with a child, I thought that it was going to be really difficult but Mason did an amazing job! He would sleep when we was tired and when he was hungry he would eat really well! He did an amazing job on the bus ride as well! We are so lucky to have this sweet little person be apart of our family! He is only 6 months old and he is already an amazing person!