"Clean your shoes, Sir?" Top 5 Page for this destination Dali by Ines28

Dali Travel Guide: 225 reviews and 744 photos

Dali is not as cozy as Lijiang, but still a very nice place for shopping, eating, relaxing and watching people. There are many cute and cheap guesthouses, the food is not too expensive either and the surrounding mountains ensure a pleasant scenery. The only thing that bothered us a little bit were the street vendors. We met one guy who absolutely wanted to clean our shoes and followed us for about 300 m, the next day we met him again and he even sat down at our table when we stopped at a street cafe. Every few minutes he asked "Clean shoes?" I know we could have put an end to it easily by just letting him clean our shoes, but he was so insistent that it became a question of principle. Also the old women selling some kind of dough thing can be quite pushing, one simple "No" does not suffice, you have to say it at least 15 times before they are willing to leave you alone. Apart from this, we enjoyed our stay in Dali very much, it is just so relaxing!

One thing we did not understand at the beginning was the permanent playing of "Happy birthday to you". We did not know where it came from, until we discovered it was the dustcart informing the people it was coming by, so that they could dispose of their garbage! After a certain time it was impossible to get the song out of our heads, we even still heard it up here at the Cangshan Temple after two hours horse riding!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:good and inexpensive food and accomodation
  • Cons:street vendors
  • In a nutshell:Shopping paradise in beautiful scenery
  • Last visit to Dali: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated Apr 20, 2004
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  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2006 at 2:14 PM

    very nice page. i was in dali back in 1991 and really liked the place.

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2004 at 1:31 PM

    Nice page Ines, and that street for sitting and people watching while having a drink sounds my kind of place :-) Good hotel too and free internet!

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2004 at 11:19 AM

    Excellent tips! It looks like a fun place to visit despite the Happy Birthday sound track!!


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