1 Day Dali Muslim Tour to Weishan Old Town and Donglianhua Mosque

This one-day tour from Dali to Weishan Old Town and Donglianhua Mosque offers an immersive experience into the Hui Muslim culture of Yunnan. It combines historical exploration, cultural interactions, and culinary experiences, providing a well-rounded understanding of the local Muslim community. The tour is perfect for those looking to enrich their travel experience with unique cultural insights and personal connections.


Weishan Old Town

  • Historical Exploration: Wander through the well-preserved streets of Weishan Old Town, which boasts a rich history dating back to the Nanzhao Kingdom.
  • Architectural Beauty: Admire the traditional Chinese architecture, including ancient temples, pagodas, and the old city gates.
  • Cultural Insights: Learn about the town’s historical significance and its role in the region’s development from your knowledgeable guide.

Donglianhua Mosque

  • Architectural Marvel: Visit Donglianhua Mosque, known for its distinctive blend of Islamic and Chinese architectural styles.
  • Spiritual Experience: Experience the tranquil atmosphere of the mosque, which serves as a significant cultural and religious center for the local Hui community.
  • Cultural Significance: Understand the importance of the mosque to the local Muslim population and its historical background.

Muslim Family Visit

  • Cultural Immersion: Enjoy a unique opportunity to visit a local Muslim family in Donglianhua Village.
  • Hospitality and Lifestyle: Experience the warmth and hospitality of the Hui people, learn about their daily lives, and gain insight into their traditions and customs.
  • Authentic Interaction: Engage in meaningful conversations with the family, providing a deeper understanding of their culture.

Halal Food

  • Traditional Muslim Cuisine: Savor a delicious meal at a local halal restaurant, featuring traditional Yunnan Muslim dishes.
  • Culinary Delights: Taste a variety of halal foods, including specialty dishes made with local ingredients, ensuring an authentic dining experience.
  • Cultural Connection: Discover how food plays an integral role in Hui Muslim culture and traditions.

Muslim Culture

    • Historical and Cultural Insights: Throughout the tour, learn about the history, traditions, and cultural practices of the Hui Muslim community in Yunnan.
    • Local Traditions: Gain a deeper appreciation for the unique customs and lifestyle of the Hui people.
    • Community Engagement: Witness firsthand the vibrant and diverse cultural heritage of the local Muslim community.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Dali-Weishan-Dali

Sightseeing and Activities:Weishan Old Town, Donglianhua Village, Muslim Family Visit, Donglianhua Mosque (Optional Weibaoshan Daoist Mountain)
Accommodation: Dali
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Morning: Transfer and Visit to Weibaoshan Mountain

  • Transfer: Begin your day with a scenic transfer from Dali to Weishan County.
  • Weibaoshan Mountain: Drive about 70 kilometers to reach Weibaoshan Mountain, located approximately 10 kilometers southeast of Weishan Yi and Hui Nationalities Autonomous County. The drive takes around one hour and passes through several Yi people’s villages. If you visit on a market day, you can explore a local Yi market.
  • Exploration: Weibaoshan is a renowned Taoist mountain, home to several Taoist temples featuring Bai architectural style. Notable sites include the murals of Yi people singing and dancing in Wenchang Palace and the rare painted sculptures in the Taoist Jade Emperor Temple.

Afternoon: Weishan Old Town and Donglianhua Village

  • Lunch: Enjoy a local meal before continuing your tour.
  • Weishan Confucius Temple: Visit the historical Weishan Confucius Temple, a significant cultural site.
  • Weishan Old Town: Explore Weishan Old Town, where you can immerse yourself in the Bai ethnic culture and enjoy the traditional architecture and local lifestyle.
  • Donglianhua Village (East Lotus Village): Travel to Donglianhua Village to delve into the Hui Muslim culture. Visit the Donglianhua Mosque, a unique blend of Islamic and Chinese architectural styles, and engage with the local Muslim community.

Evening: Return to Dali

  • Drive Back: In the late afternoon, drive back to Dali.
  • Hotel Transfer: Arrive in Dali and transfer to your hotel in Dali downtown, concluding your enriching day tour.

Service Included:

  • All land transfer and transportation;
  • Entrance fees and activities as listed in the program.
  • A Skilled driver& An Experienced English-speaking guide;
  • Two bottles of water each day each person;
  • Meals as mentioned.

Service Excluded:

International Train Tickets/Flight Tickets;

  • Meals not mentioned;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Personal Travel Accident Insurance;
  • Any optional programs/activities;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Personal Consumption;
  • Tips (150CNY/day to Guide; 100CNY/day to Driver);
  • Bank Charge of remittance;
  • Accommodation with breakfast.

Travel Tips:

  • Visitors are advised to always carry changes of clothing due to the large variations in temperature between day and night.
  • The climate is relatively dry, so drink more water every day.
  • Protecting oneself from strong UV radiation at high altitude.
  • Protecting oneself from altitude sickness. Lessen the effects of altitude sickness, avoid strenuous exercise and have plenty of rest.
  • Respect local customs , habits, and religious beliefs.
  • Situated on the northern edge of the tropical zone, Xishuangbanna area is hot, humid and rainy; don’t forget to take an umbrella or a raincoat when go out.
  • When take photos, please pay attention to your safety, do not shoot in dangerous areas.

Specialty Snacks in Weishan Old Town

Weishan offers a wide variety of local snacks, including Esi (various types like meat, crossing the river, small pot, clay pot, fried sauce, braised, stir-fried, and scalded), Yigun Mian (a type of noodle), rice noodles, hot oil rice noodles (doufen), Niudagun (beef rolls), fried stinky tofu, sweet white wine, Dingding sugar, Guhua sugar, corn sugar, walnut sugar, soybean sugar, fried beans (oil-sand beans, grey beans), pear in syrup, green bean rice cakes, purple rice cakes, mixed sugar cakes, mixed sugar rice cakes, red sugar rice cakes, sugar syrup rice cakes, sticky rice cakes with Tangliu pear blossoms, green bean sticky rice cakes, scallion pancakes, buckwheat pancakes, green corn pancakes, corn pancakes, dead dough pancakes, sugar baked buns, Guoke (a type of snack), Guoba oil powder (doufen), water oil powder, roll powder, cold noodles, thick and thin rice noodles, Hui-style large roll powder, ice powder with cold shrimp, Mid-Autumn Festival mooncakes, Mid-Autumn Festival oily egg cakes, youtiao (Chinese fried dough), Chongyang cakes, buckwheat cakes, oil fragrance, tree bark, sani (a type of snack), oil fragrance tea, sani tea, sugar-coated rice, beef sliced noodles, eggplant preserved in honey, figs preserved in honey, San Dao tea, wheat straw cakes, sand ginseng, wild barley flowers, figs, winter melon, olives, locust beans, plums, eggplant preserved in honey, water soybeans, bo jiang beans, bean paste, fermented bean curd, wrinkled spicy, skin radish, pickled vegetables, sour and spicy peppers, fermented locusts, soy sauce spicy, pickled taro…

The night snacks and barbecue in the old city, old streets, and familiar places are renowned among those who have visited Weishan Ancient Town.

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