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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 can't say what normally goes on in this old town, but I can say that there are a few aspects that I found wasn't really that attractive. A lot of the area looks like it should be a "walking street" ...  more »
  • Like many other historic towns in Yunnan is the old town of Dali worth seeing. I recommend to start visiting the city at the South Gate and start from where there is a good view of the path stretchers wall section there. Unfortunately, many parts of the antic are not car-free, here the city administration must still improve in the next few years, traffic assumes already partially worrying proportions.
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  • 在大理带了四天,每天睡到自然醒,懒洋洋的晒着太阳。天空蓝的像动漫中的天空之城,这里漫步者无数的心怀憧憬之人,这里也生存着许多不甘于城市的浮躁的文艺小青年!这里是梦幻的国度,这里是理想的生活,这里是无数人的乌托邦。