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Dali Gucheng - the Old City

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Address: Dali 671000, China
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12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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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Get out of the main drag

If you like overcrowded places selling overpriced cheap stuff then this might be your thing. If you are after an "authentic" experience, then maybe not so much. The main road... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Dunedin, New Zealand

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you like overcrowded places selling overpriced cheap stuff then this might be your thing. If you are after an "authentic" experience, then maybe not so much. The main road through the city is just a shopping mall, complete with macdonald. Wandering through side streets is a lot nicer and you come into contact with more genuine town dwellers. Interesting... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dali ancient city is small, touristic but clean. We enjoy strolling around and shopping local embroidery bags. The people are friendly and the food in foreigner street is delicious especially at Claire cafe.

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Morecambe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attractive old city laid out in a grid pattern, so quite easy to wander without getting lost. There is an interesting craft market where you can get good local souvenirs at reasonable prices. City is supposedly traffic free, but beware the electric scooters which sneak up from nowhere. On a side street is a most unusual Catholic Church.

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars to entertain you. Huge area surrounded by the gate and you can spend whole day at this old town even you can stay over night as there are many in sand hostels. Basically no motor are allowed inside the town. Waking around is the best option.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walked old town twice. People watching was fun, many shops, food, drinks, jewelry, clothing, old buildings. Easy, safe, historical.

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Dali must have been a beautiful town in the past. You can still see it and feel the vibe. Also it has become like a pleace for tourist. Nice during daytime... Load and noisy at night.

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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

There are some interesting buildings, but if you are looking for authenticity you will not find it here. The atmosphere is very nice, but the shops are full of copy good and you can probably buy it cheaper off taobao. The metal working looks really good, but other local crafts are obviously machine made.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

In reality I suspect that a lot of the 'old' buildings in Dali are fairly recent, although the city wall is no doubt a few hundred years old. The streets are very wide (contrasting with those of Lijiang Old City, for instance), but the fact that vehicles are allowed into the old city, and the numbers of Chinese tourist groups... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Somewhere else we really enjoyed visiting. The town layout with its old and narrow streets all paved with slab stones, the water running through the streets and into Erhai Lake , the old gates and watchtowers, the houses with their stone walls and blue slate roofs. All very colourful.......and busy. But this is also the land of the selfie. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

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

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