Dali, Yunnan Province, China

After one night in Kunming I caught a bus north to Dali, once a very traditional Chinese town and a favourite stop on backpacker routes through Yunnan, now Dali is an over commercialised destination, with every building in the old town now a restaurant or shop. So the pictures below are a small vignette as I searched the backstreets of Dali for that slice of traditional China which might remain behind the coachloads of domestic tourists. I like to keep my schedule fluid on a trip, and was glad I’d only booked one night, because that was all required before moving on.

Women playing traditional Chinese game of Mahjong on street, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Women playing traditional Chinese game of Mahjong on street, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Portrait of Youzhan Zhang, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Portrait of Youzhan Zhang, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Steamed dumplings, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Steamed dumplings, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Men playing traditional game of Xiangqi (Chinese Chess), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Men playing traditional game of Xiangqi (Chinese Chess), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Men playing traditional game of Xiangqi (Chinese Chess), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Men playing traditional game of Xiangqi (Chinese Chess), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Detail of traditional Yunnan architecture, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Detail of traditional Yunnan architecture, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Detail of traditional Yunnan architecture, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Detail of traditional Yunnan architecture, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Chinese lanterns, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Chinese lanterns, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Qianxun Pagoda, The Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Qianxun Pagoda, The Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

The Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

The Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Qianxun Pagoda, The Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Qianxun Pagoda, The Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

The Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

The Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

The Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

The Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

The Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

The Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Street lamps at twilight, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Street lamps at twilight, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Street scene at night, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Street scene at night, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Interior of Temple, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Interior of Temple, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

West Gate, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

Detail of traditional architecture, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

The Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

The Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), Dali, Yunnan Province, China

 

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