Day 1 – Arrival in Dali – Weishan – “The Red River Source”
We’ll start the day in a tiny Yi village just outside the city of Xiaguan. Our local friends here will tell us all about the history of traditional Yi clothing in their courtyard which doubles as an embroidery workshop and museum. After a cup of tea, we’ll head out on the trails! A lovely walkway will take us past the local temple up in the forested hills onto a beautiful piece of well-protected historic trading route. The short walk will take us onto the ridge separating the Dali and Weishan valleys, on a clear day we’ll have a great view over both.
Sitting just at the source of the river, we’ll find one of the most predominantly Muslim areas of Yunnan. A truly fabulous home-cooked lunch awaits us in a stunning courtyard. We’ll spend some time investigating the local stories in historic courtyards, the traditional (wooden) Chinese mosque and a nice little museum.
Day 2 – Weishan – “The Tao”
We’ll start the day with a lovely walk on the Weibao mountain, one of the most sacred Taoist mountains in the province. Apart from enjoying the fresh natural surroundings, we’ll learn a lot about the origins of the most ancient kingdom of Yunnan, the Nanzhao. Time to polish up some Qigong excercises! We can choose to have lunch in one of the temples.
In the afternoon, we’ll explore a deserted village, forgotton and tucked away in the nearby hills. We’ll explore the Tang dynasty street pattern and see if we can have a look at some courtyards.
The rest of the day we’ll spend at leisure around the old town of Weishan.