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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Neath, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

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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Brisbane, Australia
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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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Xi'an, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Dali ancient city is the first place I visited when I came to Yunnan. What impressed me is the cherry blossom in every street of the old city and songs spread over the street. Unlike any other Chinese town, the traditional Bai ethnic folk houses give the town distinctive feel. The town's layout was uniform, with five main streets from... More 

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Baltimore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is a Chinese tourist attraction and is mobbed with people, but that, in itself, is interesting to see. And the old town is lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Do not just walk the Main Street , stray to the side street and be taken aback by the sheer size of it. Small shops that offer very attractive stuff , eateries that are really good and value for monies. Found some really beautiful and colorful scarf and Silver ware that are very well made and really good price. Will... More 

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Shenzhen, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The city has it's charms no doubt. You can easily walk through the city within a couple of hours. It still maintains more or less the original looks and it's not artificial altered like other cities like Lijiang. There is a great bar for western food and home brewed beer, The bad monkey, check it out. If you looking for... More 

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Shanghai, China
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

If you enjoy throngs of pushy tourists, multiple shops all selling the same crap ( like six shops in a five minute walk all selling African drums with Jamaican flags almost like there was a lost Chinese colony of YaMeiKa ) and long lines, then the old town is for you. Possibly we were spoiled as we had come from... More 

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Shanghai Region, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Loved the busy old city streets with lots of vendors and people. People very friendly and colorful. Lots of street food, freshly squeezed pomegranate and blackberry. Cheese in the stick with rose jam and spice barbecue squid. Great 88 bakery. Old wooden buildings.

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