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Dali Gucheng - the Old City

Dali 671000, China
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Ranked #3 of 52 Attractions in Dali
Type: Neighborhoods
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Dali Gucheng is one of those places that you can see both the old and the new in as perfect harmony you can find in China. Along cobble stone streets, you can find both chique cafes and traditional restaurants side by side. It is truly an international place, and for people from America like myself craving a taste of home... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It was certainly worht it, but at least in August it is crammed with (domestic) tourist families on their summer vacation. Still gave us a sense of China and Chinese culture, and the atmosphere is fun/lively. There are lots of people peddling their wares, it's a bit of a carnival atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

You can easily spend half a day in the old city, very good atmosphere. Crowed and noisy. Do not skip experiencing foreigners street at night time!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Nice buildings and atmosphere but a bit crowded. Good lunch restaurant the bad monkey and climbing the temple.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

With old towns like Lijiang there are simply better options around in this region. Also the old town of Shangri-la was in my opinion better, even though it's very small nowadays due to a fire that burned down most of the old town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I arrived on Monday night and left on Tuesday afternoon to catch the last bus to Shangri-la. It was too short but I really wanted to spend more days in Lijiang and Kunming. The places I explored beside The Old City were Erhai Lake that's just 5 minutes from Neverland Youth Hostel by walking. The second one was Three Pagoda.... More

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Lijiang, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Dali's old town Is very beautiful and full of flavor, despite it being incredibly crowded and full of same-y stores, it still feels more relaxing and authentic than for example Lijiang. I specially like the city walls, and the many ponds and canals surrounded by live music bars. Another attractive thing about the Dali old town are the many food... More

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Shangri-La County, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

It's a big Old Town compare with Shaxi or Shangri-la, maybe similar to Lijiang but with less people and more organized because it's a rectangle. Inside full of differents shops with "Bai" handicraft, snacks, clothes, etc. Also some streets full of restaurants and bars like part of Renmin Lu or Foreigner Street. Nice Old Town

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

What I like most is the old traditional costumes that people wear and you see them everywhere in Gucheng. It like travelling back in ancient time. What I dislike most is the place slowly turned into commercialise old city. Shops food stalls are everywhere.

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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

It is a great place to hang around and meet people, local or foreign. It is the mix of east and west that gave this town the unique hippy vibe. Lot's of excellent eats all over town, local and western cafes abound. Lots of local hip shops and cafe at the end of Renmin Rd, near Yue Yu. Make sure... More

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