Monday, December 29, 2008

Dali and Congshan Mountain Tips

Dali

Attractions:
*Cycling around Erhai lake, walking around town, visiting markets and villages around town.

Cycling Dali- good place to rent bikes for 5 rmb/day. really nice people that can book bus/train tickets and organize tours of any type. manager's name is Lee. if you desire to hire a car it will cost 260rmb for up to 6 people, this is a good price. www.cyclingdali.com

Accommodation:
Friends Guest House- the area is not great but is very close to south gate. shower not great but other rooms may be better. 50 rmb/double en-suite with western toilet. www.friendsdali.com

Jade Emu- the manager's name is Dave Shaw (australian). nice and new place with wi-fi, kitchen that can be used, a little pricier than other places and also an 8 minute walk or so from the western gate. www.jade-emu.com

Food:
No. 88 Bakery- delicious german-owned bakery, 13 rmb breakfast, great coffee and cakes, on Bo-ai road very close to Cycle Dali, sandwiches delicious, fresh bread...yum!
Tibet Cafe- good sandwiches, free internet if you buy something. also has rooms not sure the quality or price. on foreigner street.

Congshan (Mountains)

Accommodation:

Higherland Inn- nice room, nice (shared) shower with western toilet. 70 rmb/double. located in the hills above dali (Congshan). great view of dali and some nice hikes that can be done from here. 2 or 3 nights would be great. small place so should book ahead, offers family style meals which are slightly overpriced (25 rmb) but fresh, healthy, and not so oily. owner is pretty nice lady. breakfast good, notable is the porridge.www.higherland.com

Food:
Pine Haven Cafe- just below the stairs to Higher Land is a small cafe with good fresh sandwiches and juices, if you're staying on the mountain it's a great lunch option.

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