July 18th: Wandering through Da Li
Our first day without planned activities, Christine, David, Andy and I decided to go exploring. We walked a few miles through a residential area to a massive complex of temples and reflecting ponds. We took a covered motorcycle taxi back to the old city and grabbed some lunch at the supermarket which we ate along the busy pedestrian streets of Da Li. The rest of the day was spent shopping and lounging along the river street with some tea and mango shakes. Austin and Xiao Zhu stumbled upon us and we meandered back to our hotel before dinner. Christine, Xiao Zhu, Austin and I split a bottle of Yunnan dry red wine after dinner (it was ok) and had some delicious street bbq on our way back. The night life and street food of Da Li will definitely be missed.