Dali

Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture is located in the central western part of Yunnan Province. Enjoying long history, Dali is one of the earliest cradle of Yunnan culture and created glorious Dali Kingdom. In this land, Cangshan Mountain, Erhai Lake, Dali Old Town and Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple are the representative scenic spots. As the natives of Dali Prefecture, Bai ethnic minority have its unique and charming culture, custom, architecture and festivals, which attracted numerous tourists to visit.

Highlights of Dali

  • Cradle of Bai Culture: As a prominent ethnic minority created Nanzhao Kingdom in Yunnan history, Bai nationality boasts splendid culture, custom and architecture style. Walking around Dali, you will witness the magical power and charm with your own eyes.
  • Erhai Lake Cruising: Traveling by cruise ship on Erhai Lake with Cangshan Mountain in a distance will be a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
  • Relics of Ancient Tea Horse Road: As a trade station on the Tea and Horse Caravan Route, Shaxi Old Town is a true ancient town that remains the most original architectural style.

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Dali Attractions

If a shortlist of Dali's attractions was to be made, the Cangshan Mountains and the jade Erhai Lake would be on the top. Mt. Cangshan is composed of nineteen peaks lining up from north to south, located in the west of Erhai Lake, average altitude of 3,500 meters (11,483 feet) with the tops perpetually covered in snow. The ear-shaped Erhai Lake is referred to as "a pearl on the plateau" about 250 square kilometers (97 square miles). The Dali Bai Autonomous [...]

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Dali Tours

Dali is located in the northwest of the Yunnan Province, 300 kilo-meters (186 miles) northwest of Kunming, Dali City is the economic and cultural center of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture. It is predominantly inhabited by Bai people, one of the strongest ethnic minorities in Yunnan province. The main attraction of Dali is probably the surrounding countryside. To the west lies the Cangshan Mountain Range with peaks well above 4,000 meters and a large number of most picturesque Buddhist temples. [...]

Climate & When to Go

Climate & When to Go, Dali , China Climate & When to Go

Famous as the ‘Oriental Switzerland’, Dali has around 126 days in the year with temperatures around 18-21℃(54-66 F) which is the most appropriate temperature for taking a break. In addition, it enjoys abundant sunshine which is most welcome during the winter months thanks to its high altitude. In other words, this is a year-round travel destination, with colorful flowers blossoming everywhere. Although the annual temperature difference is not great, daily fluctuations are significant in winter. There is no hot summer here. [...]

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Transportation

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Located northwest of the Yunnan Province, 300 kilo-meters (186 miles) northwest of Kunming, Dali City is the economic and cultural center of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture. here are some ways to get there. By bus Buses from Kunming West Bus Station take about 4,5 hours and cost 100 yuan for an ordinary bus and around 130 yuan for an express luxury bus, and will bring you to Xiaguan (Dali New City). Some buses go to Dali, too, so check with the [...]

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Festivals and Activities

As the prominent nationality inhabited in Dali region, Bai ethnic minority created brilliant culture and customs, among which the unique traditional festivals of Bai people enjoy good fame and attract tourists home and abroad to visit. Visiting Three Spirits Dali Visiting Three Spirits Time: Lunar April 23rd to 25th Visiting Three Spirits is a grand big festival held by Bai people to pray for rain and luck and worship their patron god. The [...]

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Travel Tips

Dali was the political, economical and cultural center for 500 years dated back to the Tang and Song Dynasties. The beautiful scenery, varied traditions and the culture of minority nationalities make Dali a well-known place of interest. The 2 "Dalis"- Dali City, officially known as "Xiaguan", is where most traffics pull in.The Dali known as a backpackers paradise with cheap beer, music and guesthouses is another 12km away from Xiaguan. Locals like to call that area "the ancient town" or Dali [...]

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Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture is located in the central western part of Yunnan Province. Enjoying long history, Dali is one of the earliest cradle of Yunnan culture and created glorious Dali Kingdom. In this land, Cangshan Mountain, Erhai Lake, Dali Old Town and Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple are the representative scenic spots. You can check our detailed maps-map of Dali city, map of Dali attractions, map of Dali tour routes, map of Dali transportation, map of Dali location. [...]

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