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Dali Ancient

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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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All reviews old city catholic church south gate tourist shops the main street walled city stores selling chinese cities erhai lake walk around local culture foreigner street local food cable car lijiang tourists town
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very interesting area to walk around in for a day or so. Lots to see. Thousands of tourists. Take it slow and watch the people. Very heavily commercialized. In my opinion, Xizhou has a better old town with fewer tourists.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Did a day and night tour of Dali Ancient City. Very nice and cooling stroll. The walled city has a trance gates - South, Wu Hua, Er Hai,etc. The old houses are converted to colourful and interesting street shops selling silver jewellery, famous flower cakes,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

It is the ancient city of Dali. It is beautiful and nice. It is a must visit place when in Dali. There is a husband and wife tree. It is unique.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TheWoody
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

Surrounded by a complete crenelated city wall with the gates still intact and in use. Very enjoyable to wander the streets, enjoying the atmosphere and browsing the shops. It is a live inhabited town so there are all the shops you need, cafes, restaurants and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rvwr2012
Reviewed 8 October 2018

We were really amazed when we discovered it. Besides Renmin and Fuxing streets, the main streets to visit, we strolled on Bo’ai street (quieter), west of Fuxing and saw a big temple; we also visited the Catholic church, which is very nice. Of course, it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

Was ok, but a bit commercial, also very busy. We did not stay long and headed to Xizhou historic village

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank g6hie
Reviewed 21 August 2018

I found Dali's old town better than Lijiang, in many respects. This is a totally walled old town, with four gates. A truly amazing place. A true microcosm of life in China. It has everything, from hotels to restaurants to markets to souvenir shops to...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

You gotta go. Good shopping. Many lovely streets. Is it ancient? Well. Maybe in that it’s not towering. But it’s your typically retrofitted and newly updated facings everywhere. It is good. Much bigger than I thought. And people do live there - it’s quite self...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank kjdriedger
Reviewed 4 July 2018

We had hopes for Dali old town, but those hopes were dashed when we saw nothing but shops selling the same trinkets over and over. Each street in this town seems like the rest, and after two hours of walking around, we had our fill...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Very ancient place full of shops and bars. Overcrowded but worthy to visit. Very big needs at least to days to finish. Many sightseeing like temples, churches and museum. Best place in Dali. Don't miss it .

Date of experience: June 2018
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