Today we flew down to Dali in Yunnan province.We had booked in at the Jade Emu. Dali receives many Chinese tourists and its handy-crafts and marble are highly prized.Whilst here we took the opportunity of going out with fishermen to ta ke part in some Cormorant fishing. Very enjoyable, although sad to see that their wings had been clipped and throats spiked so that they didn’t fly away and didn’t eat the fish that they were catching.

We didn’t spend too long in Dali as we were minded to get up to Lijiang, from where we would go further 37miles north in order to find the Jinsa river one of the main rivers feeding into the Yangtze which has cut one of the deepest gorges in the world and where we intended walking for 2/3 days along a high path along a section called,”The Tiger Leaping Gorge”.

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