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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. Use our Dali trip maker tool to arrange your visit to Erhai Lake and other attractions in Dali.
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  • reserve wildlife important for the protected Lake. Trail flat very easy to navigate. the site is enchanting while it deserves to be restored. Worth a go: by sleigh or small electric tank, about 20 minutes.
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  • Beautiful Lake, but nothing special. All hotels right on the Lake were closed due to high water pollution apparently mid-2017
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  • Just look at a picture to realize how this place is far from what for us Westerners means China today. I crossed the Lake on a small boat to get to a country where there was a market. At one point a man began to sing, a completely different melody, I could call it almost syncopated beats. And then the stunned faces of those who, for the first time, saw "a white boy." The innate kindness of people. Who knows how will remain so!
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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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