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Dozens of perfect postcard images radiate from Dali, a charming town surrounded by mesmerising nature in the Chinese province of Yunnan. Temples dot the slopes of Cangshan Mountain and pagodas dominate the skyline, as traditional architecture celebrates the enchantment of yesteryear, while markets and gardens help create Dali’s benign atmosphere. Combining both outdoor activities and ancient cultural attractions, Dali has long been one of the major visitor destinations in southwestern China. However, it’s not purely a tourist city or museum piece. Visit Dali, and there’s a real sense of exploring a city that’s mostly untouched by time.

Dali has two very different sides. Almost all visitors gain their first impressions from Dali New City, a modern and flashy concoction of streets that look much like any other city in China. Dali Old City is the main area for visitors to explore, where temples and cobblestone streets exude the superlatives. Trinkets can be found in atmospheric souvenir stores, dozens of cafes provide a serene space to watch the world pass by, and every angle offers an intimate insight into a time when Dali was one of the world’s largest cities back in the 11th century. There are hundreds of heritage buildings in a distinguishing Bai style, from private houses to museums and galleries.

Most visitors combine Dali Old City with at least one day in the Cangshan Mountains that overlook the town. These can be accessed on hiking trails or cable car routes that start from Dali New city. Over a dozen small villages surround Dali and can be reached on a bicycle, with those along Erhai Lake offering another iconic day trip. Dali Airport has domestic connections to various major Chinese cities. There are regular buses and trains to Dali from Yunnan’s capital, Kunming. After a beautiful journey through the mountains, these trains arrive in the New Town, where it’s a short taxi ride to Dali Old City, where most visitors enter through the towering city gate.

Dali’s evocative history started with its role as the first capital of the Nanzhao Kingdom, which spread from Burma and introduced Buddhism to the region. It was 200 years before Dali was conquered by the Mongol Empire in the 12th century.

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The Jade Emu International Guesthouse

The Jade Emu International Guesthouse
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Dali Shi, Dali
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Superb, 9.0
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Located in Dali, The Jade Emu International Guesthouse is an easy drive from the Three Pagodas and Erhai Lake. It is conveniently positioned for guests wanting to discover the area's attractions.

The Linden Centre

The Linden Centre
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Dali Shi, Dali
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Exceptional, 10.0
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Recently refurbished, The Linden Centre provides unique 3.5-star accommodation in Dali. It also offers free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and a kids club.

Dali Five Elements Int'l Hostel

Dali Five Elements Int'l Hostel
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Dali Shi, Dali
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Superb, 9.0
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Dali Five Elements Int'l Hostel provides comfortable 3-star accommodation in Dali. It is conveniently located for those wanting to visit local attractions.

China Old Story Inns Dali Ancient Town

China Old Story Inns Dali Ancient Town
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Dali Shi, Dali
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Good, 7.4
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China Old Story Inns Dali Ancient Town provides comfortable 3-star accommodation in Dali. It also offers an executive floor, 24-hour room service and an express check-in and check-out feature.

The Lily Pad Inn

The Lily Pad Inn
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Dali Shi, Dali
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Superb, 9.0
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The Lily Pad Inn is situated in Dali and is close to the area's popular attractions. It also offers free wireless internet.

Ji Rui Hotel Dali

Ji Rui Hotel Dali
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Dali Shi, Dali
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At the base of Cangshan, Ji Rui Hotel Dali is located near Dali's famous attractions. Guests can also enjoy complimentary internet access throughout the property.

The Dragonfly Guesthouse

The Dragonfly Guesthouse
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Dali Shi, Dali
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Exceptional, 10.0
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The Dragonfly Guesthouse provides a comfortable setting while in Dali. It offers 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Dali Yunxi Boutique Inn

Dali Yunxi Boutique Inn
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Dali Shi, Dali
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Situated at the foot of Cangshan, Dali Yunxi Boutique Inn is a comfortable place to stay in Dali and features a swimming pool. It also offers an express check-in and check-out feature, a sun deck and free Wi-Fi.

Jue Se Garden Theme Inn

Jue Se Garden Theme Inn
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Dali Shi, Dali
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Situated a short drive from the Three Pagodas, Jue Se Garden Theme Inn provides elegant accommodation in Dali. It also offers free Wi-Fi, a lake and a swimming pool.

Dreamplus Homestay

Dreamplus Homestay
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Dali Shi, Dali
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Dreamplus Homestay is located in Dali and provides free Wi-Fi. It also offers an express check-in and check-out feature, a sun deck and luggage storage.

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