"Mountains, Lake, and Buddhist Monasteries" Top 5 Page for this destination Dali by raraavis

Dali Travel Guide: 225 reviews and 744 photos

Old Dali is much more chilled and less crowded

Dali is situated between Cang Shan and Er Hai, the mountains and fresh water lake. It's known for its Feng (wind), Hua (flower), Xue (snow), and Yue (Moon). Perhaps Feng Hua Xue Yue bring with them the relaxed, hippie atmosphere in Dali.

The local Dali beer is called Feng Hua Xue Yue, aka Rose Love Beer in English. Don't ask me why...

Bai Tribe is the dominant minority group in Dali

Old Dali has over 1,200 years of history

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Laid back, no big crowds, cheap
  • In a nutshell:A world of a difference from its replacement destination, Lijiang
  • Last visit to Dali: May 2006
  • Intro Updated Jun 12, 2006
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  • snuggie's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2007 at 6:43 PM

    great info on the places..detailed also. thanks for the wonderful tips.

  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    I am planning to be in Dali this year , you pages are very interesting !!!!!!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2006 at 3:06 PM

    Hi, i visited Dali, Lijiang etc in 1997(post Guangdong, HK,macau 1996) - & what a great time!studied chinese for 6 yrs - then came to UK & miss it like mad so i need to go home!and then to China or via!all my pics are in Sydney so thx for seeing yours!xx

  • melosh's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2006 at 10:59 AM

    This use of travelogue works. Great pictures. I will admit I have been skipping this section due to fear of lots of verbage or travel detail.

  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2006 at 9:26 AM

    Ah yes, the fun of being a white man in backwoods China. I had people touching my hair and skin constantly. Traffic even stopped when walking on the sidewalk

  • Confucius's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2006 at 11:53 AM

    I would consider staying a couple nights in that hostel just to get the free laundry service. In fact, I would plan my itinerary so that my arrival in Dali coincides with the need to clean a hefty bag full of dirty clothes! Good tip!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2006 at 5:27 AM

    great photos - looks amazing. The travelogue is beautiful. On the hostel - as the years pass, as you noted, hostels just don't do it anymore.

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