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Dali Gucheng - the Old City

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Address: Dali 671000, China
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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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Best Old Town in Yunnan

Dali Old Town has very nice city walls with lovely gates that afford great city views. The Old Town is laid out in a grid, so it is easy to navigate. There are tourist shops... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2016
Paul S
Malvern, Pennsylvania

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice old building with old street. Free entrance. Touristic place but much more better than Lijiang. Worth to stay here for couple for days.

Thank Fidelis C
Guangdong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's an ancient city with lots of old buildings. Many ancient buildings have been preserved in the city of Dali. Stalls selling fragrant dumplings and tea shops did a brisk business. That may be the case, but those places are too business-oriented.

Thank Micooller
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dali old city is a fabulous place. Good food, nice museum, old architectures and the Hui and Bai Minorities living there. Although there are tons of tourists, if you just walk into smaller alleyways you will find interesting people just living a good life there. Down at the end of Chang Ping St off Fuxing Lu you will find the... More 

Thank 陶社 乐
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A town with its history dated back to 800 years ago. It's a pleasant place with pleasant climate which still able to retain the of allure of an ancient town despite the growth of tourism over the last decade. It has a good blend of commercialised and modern set ups interspersed amidst an the ancient town. Some of gems are... More 

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Dali Old Town has very nice city walls with lovely gates that afford great city views. The Old Town is laid out in a grid, so it is easy to navigate. There are tourist shops galore, but fine restaurants are rare. South and West portions are best for tourists. Pedestrian Street for nightlife, Fuxing for shopping and browsing, Foreigner Street... More 

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Wuhan, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

This ancient city is planned in grid style, so one should not get lost. But we did anyway. All the more fun. Despite some websites claiming no traffic is allowed in the streets, vehicles of all kind abound, and the one real annoyance is the number of scooters, bikes and delivery vehicles driving at speed through pedestrian-infested streets and beeping... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

You have to try very hard to ignore store after store selling tourist junk. If you can get through that, you can probably visualise what the old town used to be like. Alternatively get adventurous and dive off into the side roads. It is worth looking into some of the remaining temples within the old town. The Confucious temple is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

I totally fell in love with this city, old town, atmosphere, people. Old town is pretty hipstery right now, it would have been even better to travel there like 10 years ago before it became way too touristy, regardless of amount of tourists in this city, i really enjoyed my time here. Cafés are wonderful, people are helpful, food is... More 

Thank Liga K
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Theres another old city in Lijiang. The view is fantastic when going through the main gate. To experience fully, 2 hours is too short. Lovely backdrop of mountains and Erhai lake makes this unique. Only worth a visit if you are around the area, if not can skip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We've been to Lijiang the previous year and - despite the beautiful layout - hated the commercialized old town with basically only five types of stores that just keep repeating and hordes of Chinese/Korean tourist groups. Well, there's tourist groups in Dali old town too but the rest seems a lot more authentic, from the butcher that hacks the meat... More 

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