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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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  • Lots of stores selling local flair in food & trinkets. Compared to other, larger Chinese cities we found the shop owners nice and low pressure.  more »
  • Dali ancient city is pleasant for walking, the Cangshan mountain afar is a great background for photography. For sweets, we tried the famous Jiahua 嘉华 rose biscuits, which turned out to be very good f...  more »
  • it's a very well preserved ancient town but totally renovated and commercialized. You can find every souvenir and Yunnan specialties here, you can even eat at McDonald'sand have a Turkish ice cream fo...  more »

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Where to stay in Dali

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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