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Things to do: nature, historic sites, sightseeing
Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture. Great for pedestrians and popular among backpackers, the historically rich old city offers exquisite pavilions and paved streets with traditional Bai houses and lovely inner courtyards. Known for its perfect "Feng Shui," the city bustles with small markets and craft stalls. Sightseeing in Dali often includes a scenic pond with three famous pagodas set against the backdrop of Cang Mountains, only 3 km (1.9 mi) from the downtown area. Erhai Lake also provides a great day out, which you can combine with a pleasant hike in the mountains. Plenty of inexpensive eateries dot the city, serving as perfect places to stop and refresh during a Dali vacation. Add Dali and other destinations in China to your travel itinerary using our China vacation planner.
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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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