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Dali Gucheng - the Old City

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Address: Dali 671000, China
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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The shops were pretty much selling the same things--tea, shawls, dresses, jade. However, walking through the restaurant areas are very interesting. They all displayed the vegetables and the meat they have and that's the menu. They all seemed to be family run restaurants and were authentic Bai cooking.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I guess we judge things by comparison. After experiencing Lijiang Ancient Town for 3 days, Dali seemed a bit underwhelming. But my friends liked it, some even more than Lijiang. It has larger streets, it is a lot simpler to negotiate (which in my view made it less interesting), and it has more cafes with European type food - this... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The Cangshan Range sits as a majestic backdrop to the mesmerising ancient Bai city of Dali which lies at its feet , nestled next to the ear shaped Erhai Lake. The glacier tips of the peaks glisten down onto the walled cities cobbled stone alleyways.. narrow waterways flow quietly under sweeping willows outside a myriad of quaint small shops and... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Big town with hordes of tourists. Dressed up characters at the original city gates offering photos with tourists for a fee. Cobbled stoned streets filled with typical souvenir shops, plants, fruits, tea houses, handicrafts, restaurants and bars. A big town with a lively atmosphere but really touristy. The best decorated toilet we went to with antique tiled walls! Architecturally authentic... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The town is touristy, but local people seem to take very actively part, which makes it a lively place

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Luneburg, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Too many Chinese tourists, nice to start a bike ride to Erhai lake, beautiful landscape setting, nice houses

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The streets are quite wide and orderly, selling their local foodstuff, clothing, shawls, freshly squeeze pomegranate juice which is very popular, traditional CDs music using mini drums, very soothing & relaxing. It is not too commercialized. Once you walk a little further away from Ancient city, there are schools and residential area, vegetable farms in front of their houses or... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The olld city of Dali is very nice. Ofcourse the main street(s) consist of many similar shops in almost repeating patterns, but the buildings are nice and most important the back allies are fun. Get in through the South gate and don't be fooled by the next gate-like structure you see. That is NOT the North gate. The old town... More 

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