With a history of more than 4,000 years, Dali is one of the most popular destinations for tourists who want to discover the real Yunnan. Loafing around the ancient town will be one of your essential Yunnan experience, to enjoy the traditional atmosphere, colorful minorities' cultures, rewarded mild climate and beautiful landscapes. Surrounding Dali there are fascinating possibilities for exploring, especially by bicycling, hiking and climbing.

Dali Old City, with a history of 600 years, is one of Yunnan’s most popular tourist destinations. You can see the 1000-year-old temples and architecture, learn about the history of ancient city and native peoples. Covering 250 square kilometers, Erhai Lake is dotted with trails perfect for bike rides and villages to visit. It dominates the local psyche. Roaming around, you can gain a sense of inner peace. Three Pagodas, lying at the foot of Mt. Cangshan and facing Erhai Lake, are a symbol of the history of Dali City and a record of the Buddhism development in the area. The tallest one is 70m and others are 42m high. It’s a prefect place for you to dive deep into Dali’s past and religions. We can also extend you journey to Shaxi Old Town, a crucial node of the old Tea-Horse Roads that stretched from Yunnan to India. The village's wooden houses, courtyards and narrow, winding streets make it a popular location for period Chinese movies and Ti Shows.

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Quick Facts of Dali

  • Altitude:

    Dali Ancient City(2,052m), Cangshan Mountain(4,122m), Erhai Lake(1,980m)

  • Best Time to Go:

    All Year Round (especially March to July)

  • What to See:

    Dali Old City, Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas, Shaxi Old Town, etc.

  • How to Go:

    Tourists can get to Dali by flight from Kunming, Xishuangbanna, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Chengdu to Dali Airport or take train from Kunming and Lijiang to Dali Train Station.

Dali Travel Guide

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