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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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very interesting old town.

Though almost every shop is selling, it is still a good place to stroll. There are also many local old ladies selling their locak harvest : vegetables, fruits ... It is spacious... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Though almost every shop is selling, it is still a good place to stroll. There are also many local old ladies selling their locak harvest : vegetables, fruits ... It is spacious, do not have to crash in by others. There are many eateries from bakery , restaurants in this old town. Incidentally, there is a catholic church at a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Yes, this is an extremely popular tourist place for both domestic and foreign travelers alike, but there is real history here and you can enjoy the place without feeling like it is a complete tourist trap. There is a good mix of old and new, and some of the stalls do actually sell some interesting, unique stuff.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The place is a major tourist attraction for Chinese tourists. In the holiday season there are lots of actors dressed up as historical figures including Monkey Magic characters. There are platoons of Chinese tourists marching in all directions under the orders of tour guides. It really should be called Daliland in honour of DIsneyland! There is the usual for-tourist arts... More 

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Da Nang, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Da Li is one of two places (both of them commercialized and the architecture is all fake) you can explore what Chinese villages and towns used to look like back in the days before China started to follow the Western global way. The second one is Lijiang. I visited both and Da Li is the better choice. Lijiang is one... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This is an odd mixture of the old and the new The city's ramparts and gate towers are heavily restored or in the process of being restored. The Main Street is a series of shops catering to tourists. At night it becomes somewhat seedy with loud nightclubs taking over. On the "old" front do not miss the extravagant Catholic Church... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Dali 'old town' is a fake. Completely reconstructed and created for tourists, the cobbled streets contain nothing more than ships selling all sorts of clothes, junk, bongo drums, traditional medicine, mushrooms, and restaurants. It is also packed with tourists, mostly Chinese who come in vast tour groups,a part of the Tea Horse road trip to Shangri La. Nothing wrong with... More 

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

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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Address: Address: Dali 671000, China
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Yunnan  >  Dali
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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