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Dali Gucheng - the Old City, Dali

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Walk down cobblestoned streets and admire the ancient architecture of Dali Gucheng - the Old City, a well-preserved and restored urban core guarded by four turreted gates. Traditional Bai houses along old alleys add to the atmosphere of this picturesque area, with the Cang Mountains and Lake Erhai in the background. Observe craftspeople plying their trade, and browse shops and street stalls offering tie-dyed textiles, marble statues, and jade jewelry. Sample local food specialties and great tea in many family-run teahouses or restaurants in the central part of town--once an important gateway to the Silk Road. Dali Gucheng - the Old City is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Dali Edition.
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  • I thought the Dali old town would be more authentic than the current-day Lijiang old town that has turned garishly commercial. It turns out that it is as highly commercialized and not worth the time! ...  more »
  • A place worthwhile for ur visit once in a life time. Quite comfortable weather and slow pace here. Clean environment, dry but not too extreme, crystal clear sky and plenty of flowers  more »
  • Visited Lijiang and Shuhe old towns before coming to Dali. What a mistake. Lijiang and Shuhe are also commercialised but Dali old town has taken it to the next level. It's the most crowded (with touri...  more »