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The Ancient City of Dali

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Introduction to Dali Ancient Town (大理古城)

Located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain in Yunnan Province, 300 kilometres northwest of Kunming, Dali City is the economic and cultural center of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture. The area is surrounded by mountains and the Erhai Lake is in its center. Nowdays Dali has been a city combining history with modern times. It is divided into two areas- the Ancient City and the New District. 

The Ancient City is centered around the ancient city of Dali, first built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).The ancient city of Dali is one of Yunnan's most popular tourist destinations.There are many tourist attractions in Dali China.It’s the perfect place to take a break from the rest of China and just relax. Dali, along with Yangshuo near Guilin, is one of China's backpacker's paradises. 

It has historic sites, ancient buildings and temples, nearby beautiful Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake. The street is popular with both foreigners and Chinese. It is known as a backpackers’ haven.

Cangshan Mountain is a great, scenic hiking area and a natural reserve. Erhai Lake is to the east and Cangshan Mountain is to the west. Tourists visiting the area can see temples and architecture 1000 years old, buy beautiful souvenirs and objects of art, learn about the history of the area and of the native peoples, and go on excursions to the nearby lake and mountain.

Xiaguan, located to the south of the Ancient City, home to the government of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture. Here you will find 25 ethnic minorities, which have created a unique cultural heritage amidst the area's picturesque surroundings.Many Bai people live in Dali. They have the second largest population in Yunnan Province. Even in present days, they still keep ancient Bai people customs. It’s great to learn some cultures and customs here about them.

Foreigner Street
The original name for Foreigner Street is Huguo Road, which is 1 kilometers long and 7 meters wide, covered with stone slabs. The "Foreigners' Street" has Western-style restaurants and bars with English-speaking business owners.With the development of tourism, you'll find unrestricted rest and relaxation, plenty of budget hostels, inexpensive western food, and friendly local people.several dozens of cafes, western style restaurants, and clothes shops offering services to foreign guests here. Nowadays, the street becomes the distribution center for foreign visitors.

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Yunnan Province, China

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Main Sights

Dali Ancient Town

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Travel Information

Admission for Dali Ancient Town: free

Opening Hours: whole day

Tel: (+86) 872-2663 370

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1. If you get to Dali by train, you can transfer public bus No.8 at Dali Railway Station, then get off at the western gate of Dali Ancient Town. The cost is 2 Yuan.

2. If you get to Dali by air, you can first take airport shuttle to Cangshan Hotel, then walk to the People's Hopital Stop to transfer public bus No.8 to the town.

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Travel Tips

1. Recommended duration for a visit is about a day.

2. It is not recommended to visit there during “May 1st” and “October 1st” these two golden vacation weeks. At that time, Guilin with suitable weather will meet a lot of tourists, so the hotel reservation and transportation will be in its climax, the price will be much higher than ordinary times.

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