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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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Shangri-La County, China
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Malaysia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

The old city is lovely to visit, many shops, nice chinese-looking buildings, nice atmosphere and last but not least.. Good food!!!! And cheap :)

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Hong Kong, China
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Either have a walk and rent a bicycle to explore around is a very great experience to see all the old Chinese buildings. With many helpful tourist shops for site seeing pass and bus tickets. Street foods as well as many different kinds of restaurant you can try. Hostels are EVERYWHERE and you don't have to worry about staying.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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32 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

If you're in or near Dali, the Old City will and should be on your itinerary. It is lively and lovely at the same time -- everyone seems to be having fun! Lots of cute, quaint shops and restaurants, and yes, plenty for tourists to do, but also lots of places to just sit and enjoy a cup of Yunnan... More

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Dali, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

One friend of mine,Edward, also could say he is my teacher for hiking and adventure travel. in the beginning,we want to organization some people as one team go to hiking Cangshan mountain in dali which sea level is 4122 meters,but they said they are busy with examinations,meetings,driver's license,so , you can see the results.on 12th feb 2014,we decided whatever even... More

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Shanghai, China
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99 reviews 99 reviews
81 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Far different from Lijiang, here you can experience a calm and quiet place far away from very touristic ones like Lijiang. Of course, also here you can find crowded street full of shops, but that's just a small part of the town. The Old Town is amazing. As soon as I arrived here I felt in love with this place:... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Dali is probably one of the best places that we went to in Yunnan province. We stayed in the ancient town and the place has a number of small restaurants and bars as well as unique little shops. The place is still very touristy but it still reserves a sense of authenticity that is totally lost in the "ancient" town... More

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Montreal, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

I have visited many places in China old and new, yet this Medieval city of Dali is like no other. Situated at more than 2,000M above sea level, the air is fresh, a rarity in China, the clouds are white another rarity, people are great and friendly. You will most likely fall in love with the the "old town of... More

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