From Guilin it was an overnight train to Kunming in the Yunnan Province. Yunnan borders Tibet and the mountains begin to rise.
I came right to Dali and stayed two nights in the old town. There is a large lake here with villages and towns scattered everywhere. I rented a bike and cruised the streets of many of them and the farm plots in between. Much cooler and more comfortable weather here. Will be heading north to check the Tibet border areas out.