AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Dali: Horse Riding

We spent the morning packing bags and planning things and checked out of our room by midday. We are taking the overnight train to Kunming (arriving at 5am) so that gave is all afternoon with nothing much to do.

So we arranged with the hostel for a few hours of horse riding, up into the forest behind Dali. Our poor horses had to navigate through a massive building site (in China construction sites are absolutely everywhere) which had noisy machinery, cement mixers blocking the road and all manner of obstacles. Annemarie’s horse seemed afraid of loud noises and kept trying to get away.

Then we hit the slopes up through the forest. The path was littered with stones and boulders of all sizes and both our horses were slipping a bit. This is the first time I’ve been on a horse in at least 15 years and I think Annemarie’s first time, so neither of is felt that great with the horses slipping and tripping on the steep and narrow path.

We finally reached a small but very nice village. We wandered the village on foot and walked up the hillside to see a waterfall and the source of the village’s water supply.

Then we had the fun of riding the horses back down the path and through the building site.

It was fine, not really the guys fault that there is now a huge construction site over what was one forest. We enjoyed it.

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    Sounds like China is really changing and becoming westernised at a very rapid rate!
    So what are the highlights of the trip so far? (Most things are sounding like a bit of a disappointment).


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    • a.smith

      Well Moscow was a let down. Beijing was OK. Kunming was a waste of time. Lijiang and tiger leaping gorge were the highlights by far. Dali would have been fine if we’d gone there before Lijiang, but after Lijiang it was just another old town.

      China has been a surprise at just how western it is. Trains are really good and easy to use, as is the Beijing underground. Buses are still a bit confusing at times but modern, quiet and usually comfortable.

      It’s just the little things which were getting to me. But I’m not converted to backpacker yet, I’m still trying to get into the correct mindset, lower some expectations and stop complaining at everything which isn’t obvious or easy.

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