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Dali Gucheng - the Old City

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Address: Dali 671000, China
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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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Nice but touristy.

A lot of shops but the ancient architecture is mostly still there. Very much for the tourists but there are some great places to eat.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Shanghai Region, China

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Shanghai Region, China
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lot of shops but the ancient architecture is mostly still there. Very much for the tourists but there are some great places to eat.

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Whitby, Canada
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14 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just like every other "ancient city". Old buildings transformed into crappy trinket shops. What a sad shame really.

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Thank Jason C
Jakarta
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice little town for wandering, but it's enough for 1 day. Go spend your time a bit further around the city, it's much more interesting to see life the of Dali people

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Chengdu, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When I first started wondering around the old town, in thought I was going to be disappointed. However, allow yourself to wonder - I must have walked around 10km today (maybe I'm exaggerating a little) - and I found myself finding some interesting places to either look at or consume in. I was quite surprised how many nice little cafes... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Don't set your expectations too high, and you'll have a fun time. It's definitely a tourist district, full of little stores selling all the same scarves, tea and silver jewellery. It's still interesting to walk around, and if you explore some of the side streets you might find some unique copperware or leather bags.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Great entrance gates, but the old shops being modernised or made into coffee shops. The hotels can be found on the main roads like Renmin Rd or running off it where you pay 170-250rmb )A$35-50) per nite. Best deals at bottom of Renmin Rd walking up. These are December rates with many vacancies - summer you are better to book... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

By day and by night, the streets are bustling with tourists and vendors. Still, it is picturesque and perhaps a good introduction to highly commercialized Chinese old cities. Prepare to bargain for everything.Back streets are charming. The view from the South Gate is worth climbing the steps.

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Crondall, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

We prefer Lijiang by a mile. When planning a trip to Yunan we would suggest a day or two nights is sufficient in Dali. We travel on our own and use all forms of local transport

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

During my trip to Yunnan province this year, i have visitted couples of old cities in Lijiang, Kunming and Dali, big or small. I was quite enjoying my time in Dali old city, admiring the unique architectures, shops with colors and decorations, souvenir stalls, the sound of water streams, friendly people, variety of foods. Although I should admit that this... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

This old city is authentic as people live there and children going to school there. During school dismissal, the place will be full of school pupils in navy blue uniforms roaming the streets and buying food and having a meal. Many shops there and cafes and restaurants as well. Tour agents are also found there where we managed to buy... More 

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