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Yunnan Map.jpgDali City is situated between Erhai Lake and Cangshan Mountain range in southwest China's Yunnan Province. The charming town of Dali still retains a historical atmosphere, which served as the capital of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms from 8th to 13th century. It was also a very important gateway for promoting cultural and trade relations between China and Southeast Asian countries. Dali is home to Bai people. Most Bai people’s houses have courtyards with natural running water and bonsai (potted landscape) on display. Dali is a nice stopover for tourists to head for Lijiang. Major attractions include Mount Cangshan (cable car), Erhai Lake, ancient architectures and colorful cultural heritage of Bai people like the Three Pagodas, Bai's batik.

Dali Facts

Chinese Name: 大理 (dà lǐ)
Area: 1,468 square kilometers (567 square miles)
Population: 590,000
Nationalities: Han, Bai, Hui, Tibetan, Naxi, Yi
Area Code: 0872
Zip Code: 671000

Administrative Division: Dali's newly finished administrative district that houses the newly opened Dali International Convention Center is in Longshan District. The Dali government's urban planning keeps its old and new districts separate, so those coming here for the first time often feel they have entered a time tunnel.


History of Dali

Dali is one of the birthplaces of the earliest culture in Yunnan. According to the record, in the 4th century, Bai ancestors lived here and a lot of clan and tribe scattered here, and they created the splendid Neolithic culture. In Qin and Han dynasties, Dali is the only way that must be passed on the "Shu-Hindu Road" (the road lead from Chengdu city Sichuan province, the Dali city Baoshan city in Yunnan province into Myanmar, and then to India), is transfer station of "southern silk road" from Sichuan to India. In Kingdom of Shu-Han in Zhuge Liang’s Southern Campaign there was established Yunnan Prefecture in Dali, and in the Tang dynasty Kingdom of Nanzhao established capital here, in Song dynasty Dali kingdom established capital here. This city is the political, economic and cultural center of Yunnan in early. In the long history of the years, Dali has a prominent position and role. Long history and culture make Dali has won the laudatory title of "historical city with culture"... More


What to see in Dali?

Dali has a brilliant and long history, unique national culture and great natural geographical scenery. It has become a popular tourist destination at home and abroad. It has won the title "China Excellent Tourism City", "Best China Charming City" and "Chinese Culture Tourism County", "China Top Ten Leisure Tourist City", "International Cultural and Leisure Tourism Charming City". After years of tourism development experience and conditions, Dali has achieved very successful performance. Here lists Dali Top attractions.

Dali Ancient TownDali Erhai LakeThree Pogoda
                     Dali Ancient City                 Erhai Lake               Three Pagodas 
Dali museumButterfly SpringCangshan
                     Dali  Museum                Butterfly Spring             Cangshan Mountain 
Shaxi TownXizhou TownZhoucheng Village
                 Shaxi Ancient Town            Xizhou Ancient Town               Zhoucheng Bai Village 

When to visit Dali?

Without a clear distinction between the four seasons, Dali weather fluctuates each season but with an annual mean temperature ranging from  54F (12C ) to 66F (19C). Its rainy season begins in June and lasts till October. The hottest days are in July with an average temperature of 72F (22C), while Dali climate in January is the coldest at around of 46F (8C).

Dali Climate & Weather is well and fit for people to send holiday in whole year. Although,despite a mild climate throughout the year, the best season to visit Dali is from March to October when the climate is most kind and scenery is at its best... More Read: Dali Weather 


How to get to Dali?

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... More Read: Dali Transportation 


Dali Travel Tips

Local Highlights: Ethnic minorities have inhabited in this area for generations, with the Bai Minority making up the majority of its population (65%). The customs of the ethnic minorities bring charm to daily life. Each spring, celebrations and festivals bring the city to life. Celebrations such as the March Street Festival and Butterfly Fest provide excellent opportunities to learn about local folk customs.

Special Local Products: The famous Foreigner Street in the Ancient City attracts visitors with its handicrafts, and local culinary delicacies. Xiaguan, located to the south of the Ancient City, home to the government of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture. Here hotels, public squares, and shopping centers add modernity to the otherwise historical city.

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Tourist Complaint: 2670384
Telephone Number Inquiry: 114
Weather Forecast: 121

More About Dali:  Dining in Dali   Nightlife in Dali   Shopping in Dali   Festivals in Dali 


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