Xizhou Ancient Town Transportation

Xizhou Town is located in the north of Dali City, west of Cangshan Mountain and east of Erhai Lake.

How to Get to Dali

By plane

Dali Airport is located to the east of New City, 13 km (8 mi) from South Gate. Direct flights include Dali-Kunming (Daily), Dali-Chengdu (Daily), Dali-Chongqing, and Dali-Xishuangbanna (Daily). You can fly to many large cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong via Kunming. 

Alternatively, you can go to Kunming Changshui International Airport by plane. It is located in the southeast of Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province. (It is one of the most important and the busiest international airports of China.) You can then take the Airport Shuttle bus from Kunming airport. They operate 6:30-22:00 (Beijing time).

By Train

Kunming is the transportation hub of Yunnan province. You can take the train to Kunming first and then transfer the high speed train to Dali. At present, there are many high speed trains from Kunming to Dali Train Station (in Dali New City-Xiaguan), leaving during about 06:30-21:30 every day, the trains need only about 2-3 hours for arriving. So travelers can easily choose the ideal train for their travel planning. 

There are one or two trains daily from Lijiang to Dali and back. The ride takes nearly 2 hours. And also some daily trains from Lijiang to Kunming via Dali.

By bus

Buses from Kunming West Bus Station take about 4,5 hours and cost about 100 yuan for an ordinary bus and around 130 yuan for an express luxury bus.

Buses coming south from Lijiang will stop outside the old town, from where it is possible to get a taxi or walk to the main guesthouses. 

There is also a bus service to Xiaguan from Jinghong, Xishuangbanna prefecture. The bus on this route is a sleeper bus so you can get a fairly comfortably bed and a blanket. This service may be useful for people who have arrived in China from northern Laos, e.g. Luang Namtha.

How to Get to Xizhou from Dali City

You can choose bus, taxi, which are very convenient.  It costs 30 minutes.

How to Get around in Xizhou


It is very convenient for tourists to get to all scenic spots from Xiaguan by taxi.


If you just want to wander around the Xizhou of Dali, it is a good choice to rent a bicycle.


If you want to visit Erhai Lake, it is ideal to go by yacht on the Erhai Dock to the north of Xiaguan.


If you have leisure time, you can have a walk to enjoy Xizhou beautiful scenery.