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The most popular attraction in Dali is surely the Three Pagodas, its iconic symbol. However, it has many more historic attractions, reflecting the Nanzhao and Dali kingdoms that featured in the area, as well as its ethnic culture and scenic surroundings.

Most Popular Dali Attractions

Dali Ancient City

Dali Ancient Town is one of the most famous ancient towns in China. As a major stop on the Ancient Tea Horse Road, or Southwest Silk Road, it is a town full of historic sites and traditional culture. Compared ..

Erhai Lake

Erhai is a crystal-clear, ear-shaped lake adjacent to Dali Ancient Town. It is the second largest highland lake of China, after Dianchi Lake in Kunming. The lake is not only blessed with magnificent natural sc..

The Scenery of Cangshan Mountain

The Cang Mountains (Cangshan) are a mountain range west of Dali City. Their snow-capped peaks, flowing clouds, murmuring brooks, diverse flora, and historical temples make them one of the most famous attraction..

Houses of Bai People in Xizhou

Overview One of the 25 or so minority groups in Yunnan province is the Bai people. The history of this small minority is very interesting. The little town of Xizhou (the name means “happy town”) is a ..

Three Pagodas

The Three Pagodas of Dali are famous in China for their size, beauty, and antiquity, and for their preservation. The central one is more than 1,100 years old and is one of the tallest pagodas ever built in Ch..

The Butterfly Spring

Butterfly Spring (Hudie Quan in Chinese) lies in a park at the foot of Yunlong Peak of Cangshan Mountain. This Butterfly Spring and a clear pool have been famous for centuries because every spring tens of thous..

Houses of Zhoucheng

Zhoucheng is located 23 kilometers to the north of the Ancient City of Dali. Bai minority residential house Zhoucheng Town is the biggest town of Bai people in Dali. There in the Town live altogether mo..

General Temple

temle The Grotto of the General (also called the Temple of the General) is a temple dedicated to General Li Mi who was a Tang Dynasty army commander who died during his attack on the Nanzhao.  The ..

Shaxi Town

Overview Shaxi Ancient Town is situated in the south-west of Jianchuan County of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province. It is 139 kilometers (3 hours' drive) away from Dali and 107 kilometer..

Weishan Yi and Hui Autonomous County

Weibao Mountain, Weishan Yi and Hui Autonomous County The Weishan Yi and Hui Nationalities Autonomous County is a fantastic place inhabited by ethnic minorities. Discover the rich ethic folk culture and primi..

Culture Town of Nanzhao

Culture Town of Nanzhao The Culture Town of Nanzhao is located in the central part of the provincial tourist resort of Dali, 2 kilometers to the south of the Ancient City of Dali. It covers an area of 13,200 ..

Jizu Mountain

Overview At the top of the jagged peak of Jizu Mountain that is covered by a dense forest sits a striking tall white pagoda called Lengyan Pagoda. It is beautiful ancient temple with 13 stories, and was fi..

Nanzhao Love Island

Overview Nanzhao Folk Island is a tiny island in large Erhai Lake near the village Shuanglang. It is one of several islands and islets that dot the lake. It is also called Nanzhao Love Island. Its Chinese ..

Precious Stone Mountain

A hidden gem off the beaten track for hiking, visiting ancient sites, and seeing ethnic people living traditionally is Precious Stone Mountain in Dali. Precious Stone Mountain (Shibaoshan in Chinese) is a tal..

Shuanglang Ancient Village

Overview Shuanglang Ancient Village is located on the eastern shore of Erhai Lake, 36 kilometers to the north of Dali City, about 2 hours’ drive from Dali Airport. It is backed with green mount..