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The ancient Bai minority capital of Dali lies on a fertile plain between the Diancang Mountains and beautiful Erhai Lake. It is a small city, making it easy for visitors to explore on foot.

Xizhou Market, YunnanThe city has preserved cobbled streets and traditional stone architecture, and though the main street is now filled with tourist shops, a wander down the backstreets reveals more of the original character. Many visitors make their way to “Yangren Jie” (Foreigners Road) where good food and entertainment can be found.

The city enjoys a mild spring-like climate throughout the year, presenting graceful and scenic views around the town. In general, Dali is a relaxed little town and, like much of Yunnan Province, is a wonderful destination for travelers wishing to see a quieter style of Chinese living.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Dali

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Dali, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Dali

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    Places near Dali

    Accommodation choices for Dali

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Dali. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Third Courtyard at Dusk, Linden Centre, Dali

      Linden Centre


      Located in the Bai minority village of Xizhou, the Linden Centre focuses on cultural sustainability and heritage preservation. The hotel is set in a traditional stone and wood structure and offers an authentic yet luxurious stay in the heart of Yunnan.

    • Lan Ling Ge Hotel, Dali

      The Landscape Hotel


      The Landscape Hotel is located right in the heart of the old city and its rooms are the best around, structured around several pretty courtyards.

    Ideas for experiencing Dali

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Dali, and which use the best local guides.

    • Dali, the Three Pagodas & Erhai Lake
      The Three Pagodas, Dali

      Dali, the Three Pagodas & Erhai Lake

      Dali, the Three Pagodas & Erhai Lake

      Explore what Dali and its surrounding area has to offer. First head to Erhai Lake where you board your boat and spend a couple of hours cruising on the beautiful fresh water lake.

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