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“Interesting but touristy”

Dali Gucheng - the Old City
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Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Interesting but touristy”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

It was certainly worht it, but at least in August it is crammed with (domestic) tourist families on their summer vacation. Still gave us a sense of China and Chinese culture, and the atmosphere is fun/lively. There are lots of people peddling their wares, it's a bit of a carnival atmosphere.

Visited August 2014
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
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English first
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“Charming but crowed”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

You can easily spend half a day in the old city, very good atmosphere.
Crowed and noisy.
Do not skip experiencing foreigners street at night time!

Visited August 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A bit to touristic”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Nice buildings and atmosphere but a bit crowded. Good lunch restaurant the bad monkey and climbing the temple.

Visited August 2014
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Sprang-Capelle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Better old town around”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

With old towns like Lijiang there are simply better options around in this region. Also the old town of Shangri-la was in my opinion better, even though it's very small nowadays due to a fire that burned down most of the old town.

Visited July 2014
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Bogor, Indonesia
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“A Must-visit City”
Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

I arrived on Monday night and left on Tuesday afternoon to catch the last bus to Shangri-la. It was too short but I really wanted to spend more days in Lijiang and Kunming.

The places I explored beside The Old City were Erhai Lake that's just 5 minutes from Neverland Youth Hostel by walking. The second one was Three Pagoda. I wish to come back.

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