Monday, February 22, 2010

15/02/2010 - Yunnan, The Province of Mountains, Part 3.1

Day 3 - Another morning that I have to wake up very early, before the Sun risen. It's cold and dark outside. After a nice warm bath in the freezing morning and pack up the stuff, me and my family just take a ride on the electric car to go to the main building from our accommodation. Some simple buffet breakfast have been served by the hotel, and I enjoy the warm green tea so much in a cold morning like this.

While waiting for the tour group to depart, I just went outside in hope to snap some nice photos. Unfortunately, I was unable to find myself anything that's interesting to shoot, so I just keep my camera back to the backpack and wait for the tour group to depart.

The first destination of the day is the Dali (大理) Tian Long Ba Bu Studio (天龙八部影视城), it's the place where they shoot the Chinese series Tian Long Ba Bu, it's originate from the novel written by Jin Yong - Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils. The studio cost 1 billion RMB to built. After finish shooting of the series, it has been open to the public to visit. We reached there at 9:00 am in order to watch the gate opening presentation.

The show begins with the soldiers marching out from the castle

The soldiers queue up and waiting for the Emperor to come out

After the soldiers split up, the palace entertainers performed some dance before the Emperor and the Empress came out

After the entertainers finished their dance, the Emperor and Empress came out to welcome the guests, then we're allowed to go into the studio. In the studio, I saw many people are gathering outside a house, for the Emperor will find a husband for his daughter through an activity where the daughter will throw a ribbon made of silk, and the man who caught it will be chosen as the husband.

The Princess was out from her room to the balcony to throw the silk ribbon

A guy had caught the ribbon and has been chosen to be the husband of the Princess. While the Emperor's son-in-law was changing his cloth, the Emperor was making announcement

The Emperor and his new son-in-law, seems like the son-in-law is older than the Emperor

After that we proceed to the center stage, there was a Lion Dance performance over there.

The Lion Dance performers were trying to jump across over a large gap to reach the other stilts

Almost there~

Landed safely, bravo!

After that, I just hang around to search for something interesting.


People here, people there, full of people everywhere

A resting place, many tourists are having a drinks and some snacks over there

Back to the ancient days

A horse-drawn carriage drove past me

A yak (牦牛). Tourists have to pay 10RMB in order to ride on the yak for photo shooting

After spending one hour in the studio, we have to go back to our tour bus to the next destination. This is the entrance of the studio

Next destination was the Dali ancient town, it was built during the Ming dynasty.


The South gate of the Dali ancient town

An ancient Chinese building in the ancient town of Dali

Yang Ren Jie (洋人街) aka Westerners Street in English, the main reason for having this street is because there are many Westerners that like to come to the Dali ancient town. Thus, this street was named as Westerners Street, in order to attracts more Westerners

Luan Le (乱了), it means Confused or Mess Up. The name of the shop is interesting, and it's selling clothes

The house of Bai Zu (白族), the minority in China while majority in Dali. Mostly their houses are painted in white

The fireworks seller, I have never seen so much fireworks being sold openly in my life (it's prohibited in Malaysia)

Japanese Camellia, aka Cha Hua (茶花) in China. Can be seen everywhere in the town

Another gate in the town

The are 18 strange things in Yunnan, and 2 of them are Shao Er Kuai (烧饵快) which is baked rice cake and Kao Ru Shan (烤乳扇), which is a thin piece of cake that was made from milk and toasted with charcoal. There're 3 flavors for Shao Er Kuai, which is salty, sweet or spicy; I have chosen the salty flavor, which is quite nice. While the Kao Ru Shan taste a bit like cheese

Before went back to the bus, I saw this tree planted on the wall of the town

After spending an hour in the ancient town of Dali, it's time for us to have our lunch. The venue for lunch is kinda unique, as we're having our lunch in a restaurant located within the only university in Dali, and the restaurant is located on a hill.

The restaurant on the hill in the university of Dali

Some dishes we have for our lunch:

Pork with Chinese pickles

Specialty - Tea Leaf that was wrapped with flour and deep fried

Chicken soup



BBQ Pork

Steam cooked freshwater fish, I don't really like it, as there're too many bones for this fish

After I finished my lunch, I went to a small garden besides the restaurant for a walk.

There are some gooses in the garden


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