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
About China Highlights
Since 1998 we've guided everyone ranging from US presidents, Australian Geographic and retired backpackers. Our goal is to create unique trips that take you off-the-beaten path, helping you discover China in a more authentic way. Our motto: "Discovery Your Way!"
Bai-curious in Dali
We had a fantastic time in Dali, our host Alice was very knowledgeable and flexible. She enhanced the good times with her positive and laid back attitude. We learned much about the Bai culture and took part in the torch festival celebration. We had an amazing bike ride round the lake and a memorable trip up the mountain in a cable car. China Highlights and Alice made every part of the tour straightforward and gave us great peace of mind when navigating the COVID rules. We can't wait to visit again in future with family and friends. more
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