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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 to the Old Town of Lijiang, Dali Ancient Town is smaller, but less crowded and more elegant.
You can spend a few hours leisurely wandering the paved streets, admiring the traditional architecture of the Bai ethnic minority, trying their local food and snacks, and buying some souvenirs.
Laid out in a grid format, Dali Old Town is easy to navigate. It is about 3 square kilometers (1 square mile), small enough to explore fully on foot.
There are four city gates facing four directions. Two gates are worth a visit:
There are five north-south streets and eight east-west streets. Among them, these two streets are the most famous:
If you are interested in ancient temples and churches, you can pay these a visit:
If you want to know more about the history and culture of the ancient town, don't miss this museum…
Dali Municipal Museum houses exhibitions of archaeological findings from the region, paintings, and Buddhist sculptures.
The traditional Bai ethnic minority folk houses make this ancient town different from other ancient towns.
The Bai architecture is characterized by three buildings forming a U, a fourth wall forming a screen, and a courtyard in the middle. The houses are usually built out of brick and wood.
Extensive decoration is another feature of the traditional Bai houses. The houses are decorated with black tile paintings, woodcarvings, and crafted marble objects.
Xiaguan is the modern district of Dali City, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the ancient district. You can take bus 4 or 8 from Xiaguan to Dali Ancient City in about 40 minutes.
You can also take a taxi at a cost of about 50 yuan.
It is about 30 km (19 mi) from Dali Airport to Dali Ancient Town. Airport shuttle buses are available, taking about 40 minutes. It costs 80–100 yuan by taxi.
It is about 18 km (11 mi) from Dali Railway Station to Dali Ancient Town. You can take bus 8 from the station to the ancient town. It costs about 50 yuan by taxi.
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