Get to know the local Bai Minority
Located on the shores of Erhai Lake and surrounded by mountains, Dali is about 50 minutes by plane from Kunming. Popular places to visit include the impressive The Three Pagodas at Chongsheng Temple, and Zhonghe Temple which was built during the Ming dynasty. Whilst here, it is well worth spending time with the local Bai Minority people, experiencing their hospitable nature and discovering their culture and traditions. Dali’s Ancient Town provides opportunities to pick up a memento, with an array of shops offering a plentiful variety of local products.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Dali.
Dali Ancient Town
With a history dating back over 600 years, Dali Ancient Town is one of the most renowned old towns in China. There is plenty of historic architecture built in the traditional Bai minority style. Foreigners' Street is where most people go to find cafés, Western restaurants, and souvenir shops.
Erhai, literally 'ear sea', is the second largest lake in China, and is easily reached from Dali. Blessed with a mild climate and stunning scenery, the lake is a perfect place for a relaxing boat ride, or an invigorating bike ride.
Chongsheng Temple's Three Pagodas, are arranged to form an equilateral triangle, near the old town of Dali. Dating from the time of the Kingdom of Nanzhao and Kingdom of Dali in the 9th and 10th centuries. they stand proud in the monastery grounds.
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