"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.
One thing to bear in mind when traveling here, is that the Dali that travelers arrive in from Kunming is not the same... more travel advice
The Erhai Lake, known as Yeyuze or Kunming Lake in ancient times, is named after its ear-like shape. It is a fresh water... more travel advice
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