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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 Bus

Buses There are eleven buses altogether in the city proper of Dali. The transportation is very convenient. Taxi It is very convenient for tourists to get to all scenic spots from Xiaguan by taxi. In the city proper of Dali, the starting price of taxi is usually 5 yuan. 1.4 yuan will b

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Dali Train

Guangtong-Dali Railway is connected with Chengdu-Kunming Railway at Guangtong Railway Station. It was completed in 1999, and stretches via Lufeng County, Chuxiong City, Nanhua County, Yaoan County, Xiangyun County, Midu County, and ends in Dali City, capital of the Autonomous Region of Dali for B

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Dali Highway

As far as the transportation in Dali Region is concerned, highway is still the most convenient way. The opening of Chuxiong-Dali superhighway has greatly improved the transportation conditions from Kunming to Dali. Passenger Transport Station of Dali City is the biggest bus station. It is located o

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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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