Because we hadn’t managed to get to the three pagodas the previous day, we went on a boat trip provided through Dali Travel Group on Lake Erhai which also included the pagodas on the itinerary. At times it was a bizarre trip, but that’s what makes things interesting – you never know what will happen next. Leaving the hotel at 8am we didn’t get back until 7pm, so it was a long day.
At the terminal, our group got off the minibus and some Bai minority group girls lined up and sang us a song of welcome.
Several times, people wanted to have their photos taken with us.
There were people from various minority groups on board.
At one stage, we were ushered into a large room where the Bai group staged a dance performance. This group also served tea in small cups to the audience.
After an hour or so, we approached an island, and all the passengers got off for 15 minutes.
Then another cruise boat arrived, and their passengers got off as well, making the tiny island extremely busy.
As well as 400 passengers from two boats and fifty food vendors, the tiny island also had a small temple at the top.
After another hour or so we arrived at a second, larger island, where everyone got off for forty minutes.
Once the boat docked at Shangguan we were taken to a silver shop and thenn onn to lunch.
The for some reason we were put onto a different minibus and taken to another shop where they sold very expensive rocks.
Then it was time for the visit to the Butterfly Spring.
Then it was back on the minibus until we stopped for a further tea ceremony. No-one was interested in buying any tea, so they fair flew through the demonstration.
Then it was back on the minibus and we were taken to the Three Pagodas complex, which also included a lot of other recently constructed temples running up the hillside.
Finally, and just before the place closed, we made our way down for a sight of the beautiful and iconic Three Pagodas, which were originally constructed in the 9th century by engineers from Xi’an.
An entertaining, but exhausting, day.