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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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Shanghai, China
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

I visited many old towns in China. According to me, it is one of the best. It is very commercial as most of the Old towns in China. However, it has this one street with many stores and cafes opened by local and even foreign artists and young people. I think it is the best place for a walk, lunch... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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81 reviews 81 reviews
52 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Everything old town is worth a visit. Commercial yes. Shops and shops and photostops. There is history to this place if your guide can explain it. But how can you not come to this place if you are around here?

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Oulu, Finland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is so touristic and commercial place - fine, if this is the first old city you visit, but not interesting, if you've been is some other, better, places. All the interesting sites are somewhere else, much farer.

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Greenbrae, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Loved the old city, the streams running through town, the characters in costume. There are several very good restaurants for Westerners.....Cafe 88 and Serendipity.

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London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The highlight is the sausage cooked on hot stones. It is really tasty and also fun to watch. Spicy tofu is also made and available to buy which is also very tasty.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It is a very interesting place to visit. We were fortunate to visits during the "moon celebration" and whilst it was exceptionally busy with the locals who were enjoying their celebrations it made for a better atmosphere. This is a great place to experience the local culture. We were honoured to be asked to be included in many family photos.... More

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The Dali Gucheng located in the foot of Cangshan mountains and Erhsi lakeside. The landscape is fabulous. The air is clean. The sky is jealous blue. Father more, the Bai people living in the ancient town is hospitable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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Philadelphia, PA
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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