On Dali and Xizhou
While I was browsing the Shenzhen library, I happened to come across this book, shown in the picture. So I read it, and found it to be fascinating. The book is a compilation of articles that were set in Dali, and detailed their lives and their interactions with the local culture. For example, the second article was about a special dish that roughly translates to spiced and spicy chicken. If you are proficient in Chinese, you might consider reading it.
After reading a few articles, I realize that while the culture is different, people's lives remained the same. They face the daily struggles and challenges that normal folks face, and have similar attitudes. Which makes it even more interesting to see the effect of culture on people's lives.