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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  • August 15, 2017
    Typical old city in China. Lots of shops selling souvenirs, clothes, food, drinks. When a place has a bar street, you know it's all commercial. However, it was kinda interesting that they have the "fo...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The city is well preserved, somewhat crowded, but rising early can enjoy more of its charm. To visit all the city you need a full day, everything is well signposted and easy to navigate.
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  • August 10, 2017
    It is a town of marble. There are places there old castles and just need to be maintained in a modern feel. I think old buildings like eateries and souvenir shops are from the Centre along the wall perimeter and we feel the atmosphere. Dropped at the North Gate and South Gate is better. With unlicensed electric bike reasonably clean and can recommend. A safe 10 minutes notice is required. Remember the dark hours at 40 RMB. At night became noisy with music from the BAR, the atmosphere of the Castle disappears. Saw several of the Chinese, but why in the would tend BAR?
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A popular tourist destination for budget travelers, Dali offers a wide choice of places to stay. Hotels cluster on the southern and southeastern lakeshore, with luxurious five-star establishments closer to the Three Pagoda area. As an attractive spot for young travelers, Dali offers a range of cheap hostels and scores of guesthouses across the city. Most budget establishments sit just outside the west gate of the old town, or closer to the east gate. However, popular places fill up quickly during the summer period, so make sure you reserve your room in advance.
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