Edie with Ba Yanlong.
Ba Yan Long is one of the many statues in Simao's Tea Culture Garden, where we hung out for a few hours this morning. A rock nearby has the following, very difficult-to-read, engraving:

"Ba Yanlong was a tribal chief of Bulang nationality. More than one thousand years ago he led the Bulang people to plant tea on a large scale in the Mengmai and Mengjing area of Lancang. He gave tea a special name and up until the present day these ancient 10,000 mu of tea are still full of life."

The Tea Culture Garden is one of the many points of interest Ali writes about in his Yunnan book.

Freda and Edie set water snails off down the stream in boats made from bottle tops.