Chapter 2: Dali Through a Basic Camera

I’m going to try something new. Instead of rambling on about the city of Dali, maybe I can show you through pictures.

After all, they do say a picture is worth a thousand words…

I’m not a professional photographer by any means. In fact, the camera that I used is a basic Nikon Coolpix camera. The ones you get from Costco.

So, all pretension aside. I give you Dali through a basic camera.

The Long Bus Journey (7 hours long…and then we hit traffic)

The View from an Emergency Exit Window

We've Hit Traffic

This Man Has the Right Idea...

Upon Arrival

The Gateway to the Old Town of Dali

At Work Creating Silver Bracelets for the Tourists

The Entrance to Coffee Street in the Old Town

Deep Fried Milk Skin, a local specialty

The Three Pagodas, or what my friend calls the Golden Sticks

Yunnan suffers from an overabundance of crops

Upon Departure

Herding Sheep

From My Rainspotted Window

It’s hard to say what I thought of Dali. It’s a beautiful city, where every wall has a mural and where vast areas of farmland are surrounded by mountains and lakes. It’s a quiet city, unpretentious but with a sense that there’s excitement bubbling beneath the surface. I only had the opportunity to peel back the first layer of this city, to only see the surface, and I only wish I could have spent more time peeling.

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