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Dali Gucheng - the Old City

Address: Dali 671000, China
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Ranked #3 of 52 Attractions in Dali
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Owner description: Most travelers head straight for the ancient city of Dali, also known as Dali Gucheng. The old city...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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.

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Sydney, Australia
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39 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The Cangshan Range sits as a majestic backdrop to the mesmerising ancient Bai city of Dali which lies at its feet , nestled next to the ear shaped Erhai Lake. The glacier tips of the peaks glisten down onto the walled cities cobbled stone alleyways.. narrow waterways flow quietly under sweeping willows outside a myriad of quaint small shops and... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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237 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Big town with hordes of tourists. Dressed up characters at the original city gates offering photos with tourists for a fee. Cobbled stoned streets filled with typical souvenir shops, plants, fruits, tea houses, handicrafts, restaurants and bars. A big town with a lively atmosphere but really touristy. The best decorated toilet we went to with antique tiled walls! Architecturally authentic... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

The town is touristy, but local people seem to take very actively part, which makes it a lively place

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Luneburg, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Too many Chinese tourists, nice to start a bike ride to Erhai lake, beautiful landscape setting, nice houses

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Singapore, Singapore
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9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The streets are quite wide and orderly, selling their local foodstuff, clothing, shawls, freshly squeeze pomegranate juice which is very popular, traditional CDs music using mini drums, very soothing & relaxing. It is not too commercialized. Once you walk a little further away from Ancient city, there are schools and residential area, vegetable farms in front of their houses or... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The olld city of Dali is very nice. Ofcourse the main street(s) consist of many similar shops in almost repeating patterns, but the buildings are nice and most important the back allies are fun. Get in through the South gate and don't be fooled by the next gate-like structure you see. That is NOT the North gate. The old town... More 

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Bangkok
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We had a lot of fun shopping here. It is pretty and quaint and there are loads of shops to bargain for treasures. Plenty of decent food as well.

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Cameron Highlands, Pahang
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Dali Ancient Town is a must place to stop and stay overnight when travelling to Yunnan. Very different atmosphere which you can find yourself in the old city with the locals. I reached there early in the morning and the locals starting to serve breakfast and cleaning the streets. Clean place. Nice and simple healthy breakfast is served especially with... More 

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Beijing
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

My first trip here was 6 years ago... I found it authentic & very unlike Lijiang, where most of the shops sold the same mass produced merchandise. Dali today is unfortunately quite similar to Lijiang. Too many artsy wannabes, charging exhorbitant prices for coffee & cake and marking up souvenirs by over 10 folds! E.g. terracotta hippo pot was retailed... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The old town of Dali is nested between Cang mountain and Erhai Lake. As the former capital of the ancient but now defunct Kingdom Dali, this charming town has witnessed the rise and fall of dynasties as well as coming and going of invaders such as the Mongols. Through it all, the ethnic Bei people, despite being one of the... More 

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