Today we continued exploring Dali. First stop Xizhou where looked at Bai architecture, characterized by open courtyards, surrounded by rooms and walls reflecting the light into each other.Then a visit to a “tye dye” factory.
In the afternoon we arrived at Shaxi, a small, but very pretty, village that played a major part in the ancient Tea Horse route to Tibet. As far as I understood the village had remained extremely isolated until 1990’s when some western travelers wandering off the main route “discovered” it. It had been overlooked during the Cultural Revolution so was relatively intact as it had been for hundreds of years. The government then started preparing it for tourists and it was finally opened to the public in 2011. Stayed there overnight