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Erhai Lake, Dali

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Enjoy the mountainous vistas of Erhai Lake, sandwiched between the Cang Mountains and Dali City. Take a cruise on the calm waters for great photo ops, or rent a bike to explore the lakeside's array of restaurants and small waterfront towns. As you explore, take a moment to observe the local fishing methods, which involve the use of cormorants trained to capture fish and bring it back to their owners without swallowing or damaging the catch. A visit to Erhai Lake represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Dali tourist route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Many road work & major piping work are going on in the town of Shuang Lang, Caicun & a few other old towns around the lake. Many hotels & restaurants in Caicun are closed since April 2017, & Shuang La...  more »
  • this is the best place and thing in dali with some awesome views all across its perphery. Do give it a round 360 degree by a car.  more »
  • it is a large lake and it is not particularly scenic, nor clean. But we got to see the Cormorants catching fish "demonstration", I enjoyed that!  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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