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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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Stayed in Dali Old Town for 5 days. Has a peaceful vibe, with plenty of options for eating (Both western and Chinese food options) and things to do. This was a good place to base... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Chengdu, China
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Chengdu, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Stayed in Dali Old Town for 5 days. Has a peaceful vibe, with plenty of options for eating (Both western and Chinese food options) and things to do. This was a good place to base yourself and do the other activities in the area. Very popular with westerners. One highlight was visiting this Catholic Church that was built in the... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Dali must have been a wonderful place to see before mass tourism took over. It is a beautiful, walled city with towers and 4 gates. Unfortunately, those gates are filled with thousand of tourists thronging the small streets in search of another mass produced Chinese item to purchase. It does have some interesting restaurants, however, and if one leaves the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Main street is like Disney. Fake entertainment and very busy. Go to the side streets. Nice little coffee shops and many students selling their stuff on the street. Everybody sells the same however.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

At some points you feel like in a fake city, but it is actually a very ancient one. It's only that there is nothing but shops and restaurants everywhere. 2 days should be more than enough to visit Dali. You should spend more in Lijang.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Stop at Dali by night train from Kunming. We stayed in a hotel inside the Old City. It was really refreshing to be surrounded by old stuff. The scenery was breathtaking too. Enjoyed the food at the food court. People in the streets were selling fresh flowers like roses and beautiful flowers strewn together to make a crown on the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I took the night train from Kunming to Dali. We arrived at Dali Train Station at Xiaguan early in the morning at about 6 am. Since we were early, I explored the Erhai Park around Xiaguan. Entrance was free at that early hour and I climbed up a hill while at Erhai Park. The scenery was marvelously awesome and stunning... More 

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Neath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Beware Dali unless you really like touristy places where you are in danger of being ripped off! We had spent a week in Kunming before this (doing very ordinary things) and had some lovely and meaningful interactions with the Chinese, observing everyday life. It became clear to us that Dali and Lijiang had been built to attract tourists (mainly Chinese... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

Been to many cities in China but though not been to other ancient cities, so this is not a comparison. The people in Dali care less whether they are Bai tribe or not, are generally very nice, often with a smile. The ancient city town made up of 4 major gates as perimeters is lines with retailers, cafes, restaurants and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The Old City has a few must spots to see. One is near the main entrance going up to the temple and see the wall/walk that looks to leads to the mountains. Otherwise, a number of narrow and wide streets with shops/restaurants. As noted, a bit tourisy and can be crowded.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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