Bai Wedding Music
One of the three Pagodas of Saintly Worship
DaliDali, 230 miles west of Kunming, is best known for Erhai Lake which stretches out some 30 miles beside it. Erhai is part of the Mekong system. Its waters are crystal clear and contain 40 varieties of fish which are harvested by fishermen aided by "fishing bird" assistants. The area produces an abundance of crops -- rice, wheat, beans, peaches and pears. Tour boats traverse the lake and visit its islands daily.
Dali is famous for its horse fairs -- which draw buyers from all over China -- and medicinal Tibetan herbs. It is also home of the Bai people, who retain their traditional dress and customs.
One of the area's outstanding sights is the Pagodas of Saintly Worship, three white spires that rise above the remains on a 9th century temple complex. Its holy relics and ornaments can be seen in an adjoining museum.
Jewels of the Mekong
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