"DALI : SURROUNDING VILLAGES" China Off The Beaten Path Tip by swesn

China Off The Beaten Path: 138 reviews and 162 photos

  A woman from Zhoucheng
by swesn

Dali can appear to be a little touristy, especially since many of the restored Oriental buildings are now converted to Western cafes and souvenir shops.

Take the minibuses to head down to smaller towns 20-30 minutes away, like Zhoucheng and Xizhou. You have nothing to do there except walk around and soak in the atmosphere. Those still retained their authentic Bai architecture and tranquil charm.

Old men play Chinese chess by the doorsteps. Elderly folks listen to operas on the radio at the square. Shop-keepers play ‘mahjong’ to while away the time. Others sit and drink their tea under the shade…

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  • Written Jun 3, 2003
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