It’s the autumn equinox, marked in China by the ‘Moon Festival’. We are ‘chilling out’ in Dali, the old backpacker hangout in Yunan province. After seeing Guilin we worried that Dali would have lost its character, swamped by Irish theme pubs and burger joints. We needn’t have worried. While the place is awash with souvenir shops and good quality cafes it still exudes its own distinctive charm and there was no sign of a McDonald’s.
We are staying in a great hostel just outside the west gate. One novelty is that its internet connection has been set up to bypass some of the normal internet restrictions. This means that we have access to Facebook for the first time since arriving in China!