Dali, Yunan is one of my favourite places in China. It’s one of the more authentic old town in China that hasn’t been done up too much to attract the tourists’ money, ala Lijiang. Old decadent buildings mingled with the new squeezed in between the imposing Cangshan (Grey Mountain) and the ethereal Erhai Lake.
Dear U, The beauty of Xihu (West Lake) in Hangzhou has captured the hearts of the Chinese for centuries. It was exulted in poems, paintings, love letters and has ingrained in the imagination of the people as the epitome of beauty with an element of romanticism.
Why China? Unlike many places in the world, China had never really pricked my interest. The easy answer was that Chinese were infamous for their lack of civility. But digging deeper, I began to wonder if that was the only reason.