Ever since we started blogging in 2013 – the actual act of content creation has occasionally felt like an assault on my body. Work in any digital industry can be a little bit counterproductive to the goal of staying fit and living well. There are definite upsides to working as we do, but we’ve had to make conscious efforts to be sure that the downsides don’t hurt us, physically or emotionally.
Living in Dali, China
In 2018 we decided to take a break from business and travel, we picked Dali (China) a small mountainous city far away from everything else, to relax for a whole year and spend time with Lisa. We’re located in a beautiful and safe upscale community where most residents spoke some English. Unlike many large cities in China, the mountain air in Dali is very clean. Located not far from Tibet, Dali has a large Buddhist population, which means an abundance of vegetarian food and seasonal flavors for us to enjoy.
Farm to Table
Dali is never short of nature. There are mountains for a climb, rivers to walk to and farms to visit. Our favorite one to take little Lisa to has to be Lili’s Rainbow Farm. It’s a small farm run by a pretty city-girl-turned-farmer from Beijing, she produces organic fruits like local pears, yummy figs, vegetables (some we haven’t heard of), herbs that western family will have a hard time purchasing freshly (basil, rosemary, thyme … etc) and the best pesticide-free Dali rose tea.
During our year living in Dali, we often purchase weekly organic veggie baskets from her farm, delivered to our doorstep, there are varieties of local veggies we sometimes try and western ones that we often have recipes ready, it’s a fun experience which we will treasure as our travel goes on.
Lili’s farm is home to various small animals as well. Lisa loved the chance to run around in the grass, but we were especially excited to see her pointing out plants that she knew, tasting ones that she didn’t, what does stevia leaves taste like? how about a cactus fruit? Shed watched intently as Lili showed her how to pick a few samples.
Brunch and weekends
On the weekends or during holiday seasons Rainbow Farm often has dinner parties and holiday brunches. check out our Christmas brunch at the farm.
Experience & visit Info
The location of the farm has a beautiful view of the mountain and fields, there are strawberry picking and lotus ponds nearby as well. and often you will see Chinese photographers taking their clients for photoshoots.
We rate the Rainbow Farm and surrounding area safe to visit for:
*Chinese language is strongly required in this district — as most local residents are farmers and taxis/Didi usually drop off passengers at the main road.