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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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Touristy but worth it

A bit of a tourist trap. Spent 3 hours looking around at most things, shops seem to sell all the same. some people you can negotiate with on price others no. If you like silver... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A bit of a tourist trap. Spent 3 hours looking around at most things, shops seem to sell all the same. some people you can negotiate with on price others no. If you like silver definitely worth going to. Unless your small don't bother buying clothes here it will never be the right size. Had a surprisingly good cup of... More 

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Xi'an, China
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Dali ancient city is the first place I visited when I came to Yunnan. What impressed me is the cherry blossom in every street of the old city and songs spread over the street. Unlike any other Chinese town, the traditional Bai ethnic folk houses give the town distinctive feel. The town's layout was uniform, with five main streets from... More 

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Baltimore
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is a Chinese tourist attraction and is mobbed with people, but that, in itself, is interesting to see. And the old town is lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Do not just walk the Main Street , stray to the side street and be taken aback by the sheer size of it. Small shops that offer very attractive stuff , eateries that are really good and value for monies. Found some really beautiful and colorful scarf and Silver ware that are very well made and really good price. Will... More 

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Xi'an, China
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The city has it's charms no doubt. You can easily walk through the city within a couple of hours. It still maintains more or less the original looks and it's not artificial altered like other cities like Lijiang. There is a great bar for western food and home brewed beer, The bad monkey, check it out. If you looking for... More 

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Shanghai, China
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

If you enjoy throngs of pushy tourists, multiple shops all selling the same crap ( like six shops in a five minute walk all selling African drums with Jamaican flags almost like there was a lost Chinese colony of YaMeiKa ) and long lines, then the old town is for you. Possibly we were spoiled as we had come from... More 

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Shanghai Region, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Loved the busy old city streets with lots of vendors and people. People very friendly and colorful. Lots of street food, freshly squeezed pomegranate and blackberry. Cheese in the stick with rose jam and spice barbecue squid. Great 88 bakery. Old wooden buildings.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Lijang is much more interesting to wander about, as is Pingyao (much further away)! Arcitecture isn't as distinctive and there aren't as many interesting things going on, yet like other places it is now tourist-focused.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This place is quickly growing as a tourist spot, hence the likes of me being here, and I suspect the hotels, hostels, restaurants and shops will continue to grow. It's a nice place to see at the moment, although already very touristy down the main streets, so I'm glad to have seen it. The ancient town is also similar to... More 

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Connecticut
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Wow! Speechless! Feels and looks like something out of a fairytale storybook. Ancient town is still in tact and feels like experiencing China from a lost era! The wall is my favorite. There is a Christian church, Muslim mosque and there are several temples all contained within the old city. Erhai lake is not to be missed. Take a boat... More 

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