Dali City

Dali City Overview

Chinese Name: 大理市 English IPA: 'dali Location: northwest of the Yunnan Province Population (city): 610,000 Language: Mandarin, Bai language Zip code: Tel code: Time zone:

Dali, a historically and culturally famous city of China, is renowned for her beautiful natural scenery, historical heritage, and well-preserved Bai minority culture. Having a long history dating back to 4th century, Dali is one of the oldest cultural birthplaces of Yunnan. It has long enjoyed the reputation of “a land of  letters”. It is also famous for its zillions of cafes and bars, and handicrafts such as batik fabric. 

Highlights of Dali:

▪ Distinctive History: Having a long history dating back to 4th century, Dali is one of the oldest cultural birthplaces of Yunnan.

▪ Minority Culture: 25 ethnic minorities have created a unique cultural heritage, especially the Bai people.

▪ A multitude of spots: Dali is a must-see stop for Yunnan tourists with the top attractions such as Cangshan Mountain, Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas, etc.

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    Dali City Attractions

    Dali is a mysterious land with the original scenery carved by the nature. With its geographical location and pleasant weather, there are many top attractions to see in Dali. You will not miss any top attraction as well as special spot in Dali. Dali ancient town, which has existed for more than 700 years, still keeps the unique ethnic culture and customs. Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake are praised as the city's leading scenic areas, which are usually the first choice destinations for visitors. What's more, there are Three [...]

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    Dali City Tours

    Located in the northwest of the Yunnan Province, Dali is one of the most popular destinations for tourists who want to discover the real Yunnan. You can either do Dali tour, or Kunming Dali tour, Dali Lijiang Tour or even cover all the iconic cities Kunming Dali Lijiang Shangri-La into one trip. If you only want to tour Dali, 4 days is needed(including the arrival and departure days) to explore Dali Ancient Town, Erhai Lake, Cangshan Mountain, Zhoucheng village, the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple, [...]

    Climate & When to Go

    Climate & When to Go, Dali City , China Climate & When to Go

    Its low latitude tempered by its high elevation, Dali has a mild subtropical highland climate with short, mild, dry winters and warm, rainy summers. In winter, there is much less rainfall than in summer. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is Cwb. The temperature here averages 15.6 °C. The rainfall here averages 1024 mm. Frost may occur in winter but the days still generally warm up to 16 °C (61 °F) or more. During summer, a majority of the days features some rainfall and daytime temperatures [...]

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    Transportation, Dali City , China Transportation

    Throughout its years of development, local endeavors for advancement have been rewarded with a great rise in area living standards. Nowadays, this is a tourist destination replete with every convenience in transportation and public facilities, making it accessible for visitors from home and abroad. Getting There 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, [...]

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    Festivals and Activities

    As the prominent nationality inhabited in Dali region, Bai ethnic minority created brilliant culture and customs, among which the unique traditional festivals of Bai people enjoy good fame and attract tourists home and abroad to visit. The festival of Raosanling (Visiting Three Spirits) Each year, on the 23rd day of the fourth lunar month, the people don festival clothes, carry willow branches, rattle sticks in their hands, blow whistles from tree leaves, pluck three-stringed instruments and beat octagonal drums as they proceed [...]

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    Travel Tips

    We’ve offered you some travel tips about Dali City. Hope these information could be useful for you. Useful Numbers Consumer Complaint: 12315 Tourist Complaint: 0872-2121246 Telephone Number Inquiry: 114 Weather Forecast: 121 Fire: 119 Police: 110 Ambulance: 120 Safety Precautions Take care of your luggage and important things, such as passport and visa. 2. Check out the weather report before your travel. Do not go sightseeing in bad weather. 3. Respect and follow local custom and avoid conflicts. Advice There is no hot summer here, and T-shirts, shorts and a light over coat [...]

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    Useful Maps

    To help you have a better understanding about Dali City, and plan a Dali City tour easily, we have collected some very useful Dali City tourist maps, including Dali City attractions map, map of scenic spots around Dali City, all of which are downloadable and printable. [...]

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    Dali City Accommodation

    Traveling Dali Old Town and surroundings, you can easily find many hotels. Dali has some cheap accommodation options available, such as dorm bed or double room with private shower and toilet. But how to choose a good one is becoming a question especially for tourists abroad. So we choose some hotels are nearby Dali highlights scenic spots. Hotel Name Hotel Rating Add. Tel. Bay View International Hotel(海湾国际酒店) 5-star The intersection of Erhe South Road and Taian Road, Dali City, Dali 0087-3188888 Manwan Hotel (漫湾酒店) 5-star No.176 Yangbi Road, Dali city, Dali 0082-2167590 Yingdige Hotel(英迪格酒店) 5-star No.15, Binghai Road, Dali City, [...]

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