Get Inspired / China China: Dali Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / China China: Dali story by: Inspire Hong Kong & China At a high elevation in the Yunnan Province, between the Cangshan Mountains and Lake Erhai area, the old city of Dali is home to the Bai people who settled there 3000 years ago. Dali’s countryside, architecture, cool climate and the culture and dress of its people contrast greatly with those of the tropical south. With narrow, cobbled streets and tile-roofed stone buildings, the tiny area is surrounded by walls and entered only by the impressive North or South Gates. Within the ancient walls of this fascinating lakeside city are courtyards of an old town centre dominated by interesting open market places, and converted into shops, cosy cafes and popular restaurants. Enter through one of the wall’s gates and you step back to an era when horse-drawn carriages were commonplace. Standing behind Dali are the city’s symbols – the three towering pagodas of San Ta Si, considered the oldest man-made structures in south-western China. Learn about the traditions and customs of the Bai people on visits to nearby townships Xizhou and Zhoucheng. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist The 6 best stopover destinations en route to Europe Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Where Should I Go in Asia? Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.