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Dali Gucheng - the Old City

Dali 671000, China
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Most travelers head straight for the ancient city of Dali, also known as Dali Gucheng. The old city is where the three pagodas and Foreigner's Street are located, while Erhai lake is closer to the new city.
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Of course the shops are somewhat the same as elsewhere,but they have nice (coffee) bars, restaurants, lots of fine live music and a laid down vibe.

Thank Sjakie S
Reviewed 5 days ago

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 "foam party" on the walking streets. We happened to be there...More

Thank MarketingAnalyst
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

...as they're often too packed to do anything but slowly shuffle behind others but lots of the side streets are relatively quiet. The whole area is visually very striking, with the mountains behind and lake in front, and both the restored original and the new...More

Thank TheOExpress
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of stores selling local flair in food & trinkets. Compared to other, larger Chinese cities we found the shop owners nice and low pressure.

Thank Sid K
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

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 for industrially produced biscuits. My favourite is the ones with pine...More

Thank TyngPC
Reviewed 14 July 2017

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 for dessert!

Thank Linda K
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Dali Ancient City is about 30 minutes drive from Dali itself, where the train station is. when you arrive you will find plenty of touts offering you a ride for RMB50 a car. I would suggest you take it. the public bus from Dali Train...More

Thank Chrisneoh69
Reviewed 13 June 2017

On our first trip to Yunnan in 2013, we skipped Dali. This time around, we decided to take some time to explore it. We stayed in a boutique hotel near Dali old town. A two minute walk takes us into the old town. We spent...More

Thank Speis75
Reviewed 8 June 2017

The old city of Dali is a laid-back wonder - the four ancient city gates on each edge of the square city area are worth the trip on their own. After the chaotic old city of Lijiang a couple of hours further north, Dali is...More

1  Thank Geoff S
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Dali is my favorite ancient towns in this region . Compering to Lijiang it is quiet, artistic and original. It is not so crowded and you can still find empty places if you only leave the Main Street. Local food market attaches lots of women...More

Thank very-sunny
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