Dali Old Town cultural heritage of Yunnan ethnic groups

Dali Old Town Dali Yunnan
Though covering a relatively small area, the Dali old town offers a pleasant stroll for visitors to Dali. Simply stroll through the narrow streets to soak up the atmosphere of ancient Nanzhao Kingdom. The city walls offer beautiful panorama of the old houses of Dali and their surroundings.

A Maze of Streets

The old town of Dali spans a relatively small area, so it is possible to stroll around the entire town in half day. Surrounded by ramparts, the city is accessible from four major gates at the cardinal points. Once inside, simply go through the maze of streets to soak up the atmosphere of this typical place. Riding on the city walls, especially on the side of the south gate, the visitor will have a wonderful view of Lake Erhai, the Cangshan Mountains and the old Dali below. The main streets are lined with stalls selling jewelry, teas and fabrics but also marble. Indeed, the ancient town of Dali is famous for its marble. In some stores, spare marbles are then exhibited as art work of great artisans. In the park not far from the main street, the locals gather to play mahjong and cards. Under the canopy of trees, many individuals also come here for the variety of caged birds and rest amidst the melodious songs of birds.

In Harmony with Nature

Located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain, the old town of Dali resonates with the sound of streams. This water source cultivates many plants. The old town of Dali is blooming spot for camellias, azaleas and many other flowers. There are floral and shaded places for sightseeing or resting during a Dali excursion.

Foreigners' street in Dali

For a drink in a cafe shop here, there's no destination better than the Huguo Street. Nicknamed “Foreigners' Street” by the locals, it is the best equipped with restaurants, cafes, and hotels.


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