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Dali Travel Guide

Dali's location between the Cangshan Mountain and the alpine lake-Erhai Lake, makes it one of the most beautiful and relaxing places in China. It is a great place to escape the congested traffic, stress, work and pollution. People in Dali seem to live in an ideologically isolated world and they keep their traditional way of lifestyle. They work from dawn to sunset, live in their traditional houses, celebrate their own festivals and never worry about being fired.

Many travelers like staying at Dali's ancient town to explore the small alleys, enjoy cheap beer, pizzas and cappuccinos. Others may prefer excursions to its stunningly beautiful surroundings or biking in the countryside to Xizhou to appreciate the ornate traditional Bai architecture or taking a boat on the gemstone-like Erhai Lake or enjoying a climb up the lofty Cangshan Mountain. Dali is also quietly gaining recognition for the plethora of outdoor activities it offers such as hiking, biking, kayaking, and even rock climbing.

Historically, Dali was the political and cultural center of Yunnan and is therefore endowed with many cultural sites and historical heritage.  The ancient town itself and the Three Pagodas, a religious site dating back to China's ancient Tang Dynasty over 1,000 years ago, are great evidence of the city's historical importance over centuries. The reflection of the three pagodas in the nearby lake is considered to be a most beautiful scene for photographers. Do not miss it, if you have a chance to visit.

Dali is a region which the Bai ethnic people inhabit, and thus it has distinguishing features of the Bai people: profound Bai buildings, the unique tea ceremony "Three Cups of Tea" and their traditional shining dress.

Minorities: Han, Bai, Yi, Hui, Lisu, and so on
Administrative Regions: Dali City, Jianchuan County, Midu County, Yunlong County, Eryuan County, Heqing County, Xiangyun County, Binchuan County, Yongping County, the Autonomous County of Weishan for Yi and Hui people, the Autonomous County of Nanjian for Yi people, the Autonomous County of Yangbi for Yi people.

Dali Travel Ideas

Dali weather

Overview Dali is located in low latitude, enjoying a plateau monsoon climate, with inconspicuous seasonal variation and small annual temperature difference. There is no distinct hot summer or bitter winter, with the annual average temperature ranging from 12.2℃ to 28.9℃. The weather is like spri

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Dali Food

Many famous food of Dali are made of fish, such as Fish cooked in Earthware Pot and Hot and Sour Fish with greengage. Travelers can also taste various kinds of food with strong Bai ethnic group and Zang ethnic group flavor.

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Dali Products

Marble Craftwork of Dali is really famous, such marble-made Four Treasures of the Study, flowerpot and vase, which are good gifts for friends.

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Dali Attraction

Dali's location betwwen the Cangshan Mountain and the Erhai Lake makes it's one of the most ideal places in China. Dali is unique and very little touched by modern civilization. The clear air, blue sky, clear lakes and the local ethnic cultures make up a image that seems in another world.

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