Dali Tours — Refreshing Views and Authentic Bai Culture
In Dali, a beautiful place just below the eastern "eave" of the Tibetan Plateau, the hefty Cang Mountain range and extensive Erhai Lake have created a wonderful homeland for the Bai ethnic minority.
People come for its reputed "wind, flowers, snow, and moon", for its idyllic scenery, and for its hidden villages and towns that tell their stories of the ancient Tea Horse Road. Dali is also a great place for some moderate outdoor activities such as hiking and biking.
No matter what you expect from your experiences in Dali, we are happy to help you enjoy the things that attract you most, and also show you beauties you never expected.
Top Recommended Dali Tour and Tours from Dali
Our suggested itineraries for a Dali tour are linked below to give you some inspiration no matter whether you want a super weekend trip or would like to combine Dali with other destinations. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to customize any of them.
- Hike on the Cangshan mountains
- Bike along Erhai Lake
Yunnan Tours including Dali
Here are the recommended Yunnan tours including Dali. We are happy to combine any other destinations with Dali according to your interests to create your Yunnan trip.
- Mountains and Old Towns
- Ethnic Minorities
Other Popular Destinations in Yunnan
Here are the other popular cities for a Yunnan tour. Click to get more information about each destination and tours
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Alice was a fantastic tour guide
Alice was a fantastic tour guide. She took us to many places in and around Lijiang including Jade Dragon Snow mountain and the old town. She is knowledgeable and very warm & friendly and very helpful with everythingmore
Feb 2024, 文文
Alice was a fantastic tour guide
Alice was a fantastic tour guide. She is very knowledgeable, she explained everything. She is warm & friendly. She went out of her way to help. I needed an electric plug converter. Without asking, she went to a store to buy it and came to my hotel to personally deliver it.more
Feb 2024, David
Daisy was an amazing guide
Daisy was an amazing guide. She took us to the old town, on a boat ride, and to Sha xi. She was very warm. She explained everything in detail and answered all of our questions. She made us feel very welcome.more
Feb 2024, 文 文
A memorable experience, excellent China Highlights and Dali tour!
The China Highlights and tour of Dali was absolutely wonderful. The tour guide Daisy was so nice, knowledgeable and provided an excellent, memorable experience of Old Town Dali, Erhai Lake, the Three Pagodas and so much more. I have been on many tours and this one was the best, exactly what we were looking for, including the pace, the food, the attention to details, care and professionalism. Everything was positively great!more
Jan 2024, AW D
Excellent China Tours ~ with Dali Highlights, highly recommended.
Our family tour with China Travel was absolutely wonderful. The China highlights of Dali was planned with the great care and help from Vanessa, and the actual tour guide, Daisy, who was knowledgeable, flexible, helpful, and provided an excellent, memorable experience for my family. We toured several locations and I especially liked the pace of Old Town Dali, the scenic view of Erhai Lake, and the history of the Three Pagodas, and so much more. I have been on many tours and this one was the best, exactly what we were looking for, including the pace, the food, the attention to details, care and professionalism. Everything was positively great! Highlymore
Jan 2024, Alanna D
Our Experience in Dali with Daisy!
My mother and I greatly enjoyed our trip to Dali. Our tour guide was Daisy and she did a wonderful job taking us on an adventure around to everywhere we wanted to go. We even went to some under appreciated areas that we had been interested in! We visited a bit after my mother's birthday and Daisy was kind enough to give my mother a gift!more
Jan 2024, Sam
My China Travel tour/Highlights and tour guide: Highly recommended!
Our family tour with China Travel was absolutely wonderful. The China highlights of Dali was planned with the great care and help from Vanessa, and the actual tour guide, Daisy, who was knowledgeable, flexible, helpful, and provided an excellent, memorable experience for my family.more
Jan 2024, AWD
Our tour guides Doyle Cheng (Kunming), Daisy Shi (Dali), Martin (Lijiang) were knowledgeable about the local culture and folklore regaling us with many stories, history mixed with witty remarks and jokes.They made us feel safe, comfortable during the many trips feeding us with local snacks, sweets, pastries, fruits. Our shopping list were all taken care off with their well recommended shops and even bargain hunting.They were sensitive and alert to our toilet breaks, flexible to last minute changes and recommended good dinner restaurants.Big thank you to Martin for your extra attention given to our children when they werent feeling well.more
Jan 2024, Kathleen Chew Gaik Suan
Great Dali experience with Daisy
Our tour guide Daisy, in Dali, was great. She was caring, thoughtful and accomodating to our requests. Thanks for making our trip memorable.more
Jan 2024, Susi
Great first trip to Yunnan
Dali - our guide Alice gave us a comprehensive insight into Dali, its lifestyle and people and she shared with us many many stories about her hometown too. We told her we wanted to buy some Pu'er tea to bring back home and she brought us to a place where we ended up staying 2 hours studying and savouring different kinds of tea. Our hotel was in a great spot and it is in a heritage building but renovated so the rooms are quite modern. Somehow I wish we spent more days in Dali.more
Jan 2024, wenakins
Amazing discovery of Yunnan province China with China Highlights
More hiking and biking with our guide Daisy enthusiastic, generous and fun. she took us to an amazing Bai village where the market and the tie-dye skills fascinated us.more
Jan 2024, Aude P
We enjoyed this trip itinerary planned by Simon from China highlights. Our guides (Monica, Sally and Eleanor) have made our trip very enjoyable and memorable. They are very professional, knowledgeable and responsible. Thank you for being our friendly guide.more
Jan 2024, Wee chieh Lee
Trip to Yunnan from December 9th to
Daisy, our guide in Dali, was an incredible source of knowledge, enriching our journey with her profound understanding of local history and culture. Her engaging storytelling and passion for the region truly enhanced our experience in Dali.more
Dec 2023, Bong
Love our trip in Dali
Love our trip in Dali. We have excellent tour guide, Nancy, to service us with excellent service. She is professional and service minded. The hotel arranged for us is what we asked for.more
Dec 2023, Khim Boo
The china highlight tour by our guide
The china highlight tour by our guide Nancy Dali is very interesting and informative! She’s bilingual so i could understand most of the history of china, very eye opening experience xiaxiamore
Dec 2023, HH
Your professionalism, combined with your warm and approachable demeanor, made all the difference. This trip was not just a journey through a beautiful part of the world; it was an enriching experience that broadened our horizons, thanks to your guidance.Thank you for not just being a tour guide, but a true ambassador of Dali and its rich heritage. You have set a new standard for what a guided tour can be, and for that, we are immensely grateful.more
Dec 2023, May Low
It’s our first trip to Dali
It’s our first trip to Dali. Our guide, Daisy, from China Highlights took care of our family of six even before we reached China. We had a wonderful 2 days with a variety of activities and were never rushed.more
Dec 2023, Mio
Relaxing time in Dali
Overall the pace was not too rushed and relaxing. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide Daisy brought us to see the local crafts such as tie-dye and embroidery. We also got fruits fresh from the local farmers and did some cycling.more
Dec 2023, Ele
Lovely 2 day trip in Dali
Daisy was so attentive to our group and went above and beyond to make us feel happy and satisfied ?? had a great time appreciating Dali’s culture and the cycling next to the lake was the highlight of our trip! we are so grateful for her ??more
Dec 2023, Emelia BOON
Great time in Dali!
Had a great time with Daisy from China Highlights in Dali! She brought us to many delicious places to eat and even taught me how to ride a bicycle for a bike ride around Erhai Lake. Super knowledgeable and friendly too - she was full of stories and facts about the places we visited.more
Dec 2023, Elysia Boon
Dali Travel Tips
Located on a high plateau (about 2,000 meters above sea level), Dali has a subtropical highland monsoon climate. The Cangshan mountain massif diverts the flow of warm moist air from the southwest, leaving Dali with lots of sunshine and fresh air.
It has a relatively temperate climate all year round, with no extremes in summer or in winter. The temperature ranges from 18°C (64°F) to 25°C (77°F) in summer and from 4°C (39°F) to 17°C (62°F) in winter on average.
The daily temperature variation tends to be greater than the seasonal variation in temperature, which calls for layered clothing, or jackets and sweaters early in the morning and again during the evening. Most of the rainfall occurs from June to October. Read more