Dali, Dali City
Located northwest of the Yunnan Province,
300 kilo-meters (186 miles) northwest of Kunming, Dali
City is the economic and cultural center of the Dali
Bai Autonomous Prefecture. The area is surrounded by
mountains on the east, west, and south, and has the
Erhai Lake in its center. Here you will find 25 ethnic
minorities, which have created a unique cultural heritage
amidst the area's picturesque surroundings.
Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake
are praised as Dali's leading scenic areas. Most attractions
in Dali lie between these two landmarks, such as the Butterfly
Spring, and the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple. Ethnic
minorities have inhabited Dali for generations, with the
Bai Minority making up the majority of Dali's population
(65%). The customs of the ethnic minorities bring charm
to daily life in Dali. Each spring, celebrations and festivals
bring the city to life. Celebrations such as the March
Street Festival and Butterfly Fest provide excellent opportunities
to learn about local folk customs.
As early as 4,000 years ago, the ancestors
of the Bai people settled in the Dali area. In the Second
Century AD, it was brought into the territory of the
central government of Han Dynasty (206 BC-220AD). Two
ethnic states, the Nanzhao State (738-937) in Tang Dynasty
(618-907), and the Dali State (937-1253) in Song Dynasty
(960-1279), were once established here as well. Throughout
the ages, Dali remained an intermediary area linking
economic and cultural communications between ancient
China and other countries via India. The remains of
Dali Tai He City and the Dali Ancient City bear witness
to thousands of years of historic changes in Dali. Together
with the Xizhou Town and the Zhoucheng Village, the
ancient towns in Dali show the best of historic customs
of daily life within the Bai Minority.
Present day Dali is a city that combines
history with modern convenience. It is divided into
two areas- the Ancient City and the New District (widely
known as Xiaguan). The Ancient City is centered around
the ancient city of Dali, first built in the Ming Dynasty
(1368-1644). Ancient buildings, city walls and the old
city moat are the sites most frequented by visitors.
The famous Foreigner Street in the Ancient City attracts
visitors with its handicrafts, and local culinary delicacies.
Xiaguan, located to the south of the Ancient City, home
to the government of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture.
Here hotels, public squares, and shopping centers add
modernity to the otherwise historical city.
Throughout its years of development,
local endeavors for advancement have been rewarded with
a great rise in area living standards. Nowadays, Dali
is a tourist destination replete with every convenience
in transportation and public facilities, making it accessible
for visitors from home and abroad.
Day Private Yunnan Dali Tour To Xizhou Village, Dali
Old Town, Three Pagodas, Erhai Lake
Day Private Yunnan Dali Hiking Tour
Cloth with Wax
In Hongshengsi Temple
In Memory Of Kublai Khan's Conquest Of Yunnan