Dali Ancient City
Ancient City, also called Yeyu City, Forbidden City,
Zhonghezhen, lies 3 kilometers north from Xiaguan, the
capital of Dali Prefecture. Embracing Erhai Lake in
the east and adjoining Cangshan Mountain in the west,
Dali City was first established in the early period
of the Ming Dynasty, and then an administrative organ
called "wei" was set up. The one who was in charge was
granted the title "Commanding Envoy of the Dali Wei".
Now in dali, the place name "the Gate of Wei" is still
used among the people. In the Qing Dynasty, the military
commander of Yunnan was stationed in Dali. Yixidao,
Dalifu (Dali Prefecture) and Taihexian (Taihe County)
were established. In the second year of the Republic
of China, Dali was renamed Taihe County. Now it is called
Zhonghe Town of Dali City.
The circumference of Dali Ancient
City was 6 kilometers long. The City Wall is 8 metres
high and 7 meters thick. The interior of the wall was
filled with rocks and the surface was bricked over smoothly.
The four gate towers in the east, south, west and north
are named Chen En, Tong Hai, Cangshan and An Yuan respectively.
There are also 45 battlements and 1560 crenels on the
walls. A defensive river was surrounding the city. The
streets and avenues in the city now are crisscrossing
each other, typical of chessboard pattern. The buildings
are all covered with dark blue tiles and pebble-staked
walls. All look very pristine and delicate. The residents
all like to plant trees and flowers. There are garden
in every house. The famous Dali camellia, azalea and
orchids are competing to show their beauty, blooming
against snow on Cangshan mountain. Red flowers and green
grass are coming out from wall, making up flowers streets.
Streams from Cangshan mountain come into the city, going
across the streets and visiting every family with their
happy sound and sweet taste, running eastwards to Erhai
lake. The whole city looks fresh and wet, without any
climate here is pleasant and Spring season is prevailing
all year round. Outside and west to the city, there
are famous Three Pagoda Temple, the relics of the Nanzhao
Kingdom's capital Yangjumie and the Market of March
Fair. At the south suburb of the city, there is the
Pagoda of Hongsheng Temple, the Gantong Temple, the
Nanzhao Stele and the newly-constructed Nanzhao Cultural
Center. At the north suburb of the city locate a world
renowned Butterfly Spring and the native land of Five
Golden Flowers -- Xizhou. Looking to the west, one can
enjoy the view of Cangshan Mountain, snow on the mountain
top that never melts, and a mysterious jade-ribbon cloud.
Looking eastwards, one finds the charming and pretty
scene of Erhai Lake and distant view of Jizu Mountain.
Here You can enjoy drinking Bai people's three courses
of tea, having special foods, watching colorful tie-dyeing
and purchasing handcrafts of marble.
In the city, historical relics
such as the headquarters of Du Wenxiu, leader of a peasant
uprising, and relevant stone steles still remain today.
The headquarters is virtually a city within the city
of Dali, called the "Forbidden City". The south and
north gate-towers, some sections of the wall and some
parts of Du Wenxiu's headquarters can still be seen
today. The magnificent towers, elegant streets, small
and exquisite courtyards, colourful flowers blooming
in profusion give people a feeling of antiquity, serenity
and elegance. Today, this famous ancient city is attracting
more and more tourists.
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Cloth with Wax
In Hongshengsi Temple
In Memory Of Kublai Khan's Conquest Of Yunnan