Home : City Guide : Yunnan : Dali


Dali is located at the foot of the Cangshan Mountain by Erhai Lake, Yunnan Province. It is an ancient city of the Bai Autonomous Region.

Dali is also celebrated for its scenic beauties of Cangshan Mountain and Erhai. Lake. And also, Dali enjoys a very high fame for its "Four Grand Scenes", namely, Xiaguan's wind, Shangguan's flowers, Cangshan's snow and Erhai's moon. Especially Xiaguan's wind, which impresses people so deeply, makes Xiaguan such a place that you should go if you pay a visit to Dali.

It is the greatest delight to you to admire the full moon on a boat at the Erhai Lake. Under the moonlight, you can have an exceptional charming picture of Cangshan Mountain looking at the handsome shadow of itself. When the moon is hazy, the reflection of the Buddhist Temples looks even more mysterious, set off by the dark blue canopy of the heavens in the still of the night. When the moon is clear and bright, Erhai turns to be a unique fairyland, an integral whole of moonbeams, mountain pose and crystalline ripples. But, unless you are personally on the scene, you would not have any idea of its splendor.

In spite of all, the summit of Cangshan Mountain, 4,000 meters high, perennially covered with snow offers a beautiful sight. Though it is in winter, you could feel the spring in the air, at the same time enjoy the translucent snowy summit, glittering under the moonlight!

The Bai nationality having lived there for generations, is the chief inhabitant. Bright and cheerful in disposition, amiable and easy of approach, the Bai people are very hospitable and conversational. Their national costume looks neat and graceful. Both sexes have partiality for white color. A Bai man usually wears a short black gown over his white jacket with buttons down the front, whereas a woman, coiling up the hair over head, often wears a black or blue gown over her white jacket. The daily attire for a maiden is very attractive, i.e., a red close-fitting jacket without sleeves. The Bai girls like to wear one pigtail tied with red string with a colourful towel wrapped round and snowy teasels waving to and from on the right. Their artistic tradition is quite distinctive, too. They like carved doors and windows, and delicately whitewashed walls. Their national music sounds very sonorous, showing the nation's bold and uninhabited character.

March Street (Avalokitesvara Market), which has a long history of over a thousand years, is a place of trading. Every year a fair is held from March 15th to 20th. Minority nationalities from seven provinces gather at a piece of grassland at the foot of Cangshan Mountain, in the west of the city with rich array of goods. All the people dressed in their holiday best, go to the market in a continuous stream. Singing, dancing, and horse-racing are being shown simultaneously in the fair. What a distinguished gathering of trade and culture!

Besides, in Dali there are many other beautiful resorts worth of visiting. They are Butterfly Springs, Chickenclaw Mountain, Grottoes of Stone Bell Mountain, the Snake-bone Pagoda, the Natural Bridge, the Mass Tombs, the Nanzhao Stele and the ancient rostrum. 


Dali Tourist Attractions

    Ancient Town of Dali

    The Ancient Town of Dali, nestled in the arms of the enormous Cangshan Mountain,...
    Three Pagodas

    The three elegant pagodas arise on the Cangshan Mountain slope overlooking the E...
    Cangshan Mountain

    Cangshan Mountain, two kilometers west of Dali, comprises nineteen peaks with ei...
    Butterfly Spring

    Butterfly Spring, 25 kilometers north of Dali, has ancient camphor trees beside ...
    Erhai Lake

    Erhai (literally, Ear Lake), just as its name implies, is similar in form of an ...
    Dali Museum

    The Dali Museum houses a small collection of archaeological pieces rela...
    Xizhou Bai's Houses

    Bai minority are much in evidence at Xizhou, 18 km north of Dali Ancien...
    Shaping Market

    Every Monday at Shaping, about 30km north of Dali, there is a colorful ...
    Zhoucheng Town

    Zhoucheng is lying 30km north near Butterfly Spring, Dali. It has earne...

Tour Packages

Tour Code Tour Title Duration
Kunming-Lijiang Old Town-Dali Old Town-Kunming Stoneforest & Jiuxiang Karst Cave
8 On call
Dreamland of Shangri-la Tour
8 On call
A Major Discovery of Yunnan
12 On call
Hiking from Tiger-leaping Gorge to Lugu Lake
19 On call
Yunnan-The Wonderland
11 On call
Yunnan Panorama
8 On call
The Comprehensive Choice of Roaming Yunnan
10 On call

NOTE: Click on the Tour Code above to the day-by-day tour itinerary and more details.

Tailor-made Tour

Couldn't find your favorite tour packages? Using our Customized Tour service to post your requirement.