"Dali, Yunnan Province" Dali by bellatrix

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Crisscrossed by a network of gurgling streams, Dali is renowned for the distinctive and elegant architectural style of the Bai people, who are still the largest population group on this former capital of the Nanchao Kingdom. Dali is the largest trading center and a major transportation hub in western Yunnan Province, and is well known for its batik handicrafts and high quality marble.

The layout of the ancient city resembles a chessboard. There are five streets stretching from south to north, and 8 lanes from east to west, all paved with blue slabstones. Along them are the typical houses of the Bais which have stone walls and dark blue tile roofs. The brooks from the Cangshan Mountain flow through the streets and lanes around the city into the Erhai Lake.

Inside the city, there are many historical relics and places of interest such as "the Forbidden City" which served as the headquarters of Du Wen xiu Uprising (1856), the anciet Yuxi School and "Foreigners Street" in Huguo Street. Along this street lie many tea houses, antique shops, Chinese and Western restaurants, and the ancient buildings are found here and there. Tourists at home and abroad have been attracted to visit Dali. The ancient architectural beauties, rich minority customs and picturesque scenery are the main attractions of Dali.

  • Last visit to Dali: Jun 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Dec 14, 2004 at 1:45 AM

    Great photos and lots of info for the tips you've made.

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    May 5, 2004 at 9:30 AM

    Excellent tips and pictures, especially the lake one! I am going there this May, I cannot wait!

  • SirRichard's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2003 at 4:11 AM

    Nice page, I hope to visit the Kunming province one day, maybe on the way to Tibet...

  • Lemonita's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2003 at 7:05 AM

    Really nice pics and comments ! I've heard that Lijiang is much more beautiful than Dali but it seems, from your pics, that Dali is nice !!

  • A2002's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2003 at 9:02 AM

    Excellent pictures and tips. Hope to visit there one day.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2003 at 4:31 PM

    great infos and wonderful pics !I hope to see it one day myself !

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2003 at 12:34 PM

    Excellent page, great informations and beautiful pics!! brings back the memories of a wonderful time in Dali and Lijiang!! Thanks!!!!


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