Dali Travel Guide
Dali is surrounded by lush mountains and has startling views wherever you stand, with the Cangshan Mountains looking on and rising to heights of around 4,200m. Dali Old Town is very relaxed and at night the majority of tourists tend to head for the confines of neighboring Xiaguan.
The town is loaded with pleasing architecture and there are many cafés and restaurants to kick back in. Most visitors to Dali also head for trips into the Cangshan Mountains, which are just west of town. There is a chairlift up to Zhong He Temple, from where are amazing views and good hiking. The 16km-long Cloud Traveler hike is the best known.
Things to Do
- Dali setting
The old town has an amazing setting amid very high mountains and lakes and also comes with pleasing old buildings and a laidback feel.
Side trips from Dali
- Erhai Lake
Located to the east of town, this lake is fantastically beautiful, looking like something out of the mediterranean region. be sure to visit the lakeshore wase market.
- Butterfly Spring
Featuring innumerable swarming butterflies the area also comes with a park and breeding center.
- March Fair
Also known as the third month fair, it takes place in mid-march and goes over seven days.