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Dali Gucheng - the Old City

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Address: , Dali 671000, China
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Description: Most travelers head straight for the ancient city of Dali, also known as...
Most travelers head straight for the ancient city of Dali, also known as Dali Gucheng. The old city is where the three pagodas and Foreigner's Street are located, while Erhai lake is closer to the new city.
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Almost every nook and cranny of this town is packed with places selling things. You can find many interesting and unique items for sale if you are paying attention. After dark... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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23 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Ancient town looks better at night. Lots of people and very vibrant. I find that most of the ancient town in China looks the same, its just the minority's are different. Since in Dali, should go for a visit. Surprisingly, its very clean except the toilets ...

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Beijing Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

quite town- nice to have a look. Much better than LiJiang. worth to spend some days wondering around.

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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015 via mobile

The old city is certainly worth a visit although, on the day that I chose to visit (which was just before Torch Festival) the number of tourists was a little overwhelming. Remembering to look up at first floor decoration and roofs and embracing the people-watching opportunities meant that it was still an enjoyable experience despite all the pushing and shoving... More 

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Sanford, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Almost every nook and cranny of this town is packed with places selling things. You can find many interesting and unique items for sale if you are paying attention. After dark it is even more fun to walk around and look at tall the restaurants and food vendors. The town does tend to shut down after 10-11pm. From what I... More 

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Alhambra, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Dali Old Town is a restored ancient city right next to the lake of Er Hai, against the Cang Mountains. The natural scenery is stunning and the buildings of the Bai tribe people are beautiful. Prices were not cheap, comparable to Cancun or Hawaii. The place is primarily geared for Chinese domestic tourists. However there is a street called "Foreigner's... More 

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Shanghai Region, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Well a lot of tourists as you would expect in such a place, you could try the walk on the wall which is away from all the people trying to sell you things, has a few interesting looking places for eating and drinking, Shopping is what is mainly done here, you could take a buggy ride around the town if... More 

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Lodz, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

First of all, avoid weekends, when thousends of Chinese tourists come to this popular spot. The main streets look like huge market, where the every house and street stall offer souveniers or dining places. Absolutely, not my dream. In such circumstances, it's difficult even to admire the architecture beauty and charm of old buildings, mainly reconstructed or beeing just renovated.

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Pg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Though almost every shop is selling, it is still a good place to stroll. There are also many local old ladies selling their locak harvest : vegetables, fruits ... It is spacious, do not have to crash in by others. There are many eateries from bakery , restaurants in this old town. Incidentally, there is a catholic church at a... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Yes, this is an extremely popular tourist place for both domestic and foreign travelers alike, but there is real history here and you can enjoy the place without feeling like it is a complete tourist trap. There is a good mix of old and new, and some of the stalls do actually sell some interesting, unique stuff.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The place is a major tourist attraction for Chinese tourists. In the holiday season there are lots of actors dressed up as historical figures including Monkey Magic characters. There are platoons of Chinese tourists marching in all directions under the orders of tour guides. It really should be called Daliland in honour of DIsneyland! There is the usual for-tourist arts... More 

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