Dali Bai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture has one city and 11
counties within its jurisdiction. Its prefectural capital is Dali
City ( including Xiaguan city and Dali ancient city ).
There are four scenic areas in the Dali region, including the
Cangshan Mountains, Erhai Lake, Butterfly Spring and other historic
relics ( in Dali City ), Jizu Mountain ( in Bingchuan County ),
Shibao Mountain ( in Jianchuan County ) and Weibao Mountain ( in
Weishan County ).
Among those areas, Dali City attracts the largest numbers of
Chinese and foreign visitors. Dali Ancient City is widely
acknowledged as "Backpackers' Paradise" in China. Foreign visitors
like to stay in Dali ancient city.
Some of them live there for months or even years, to observe and
study the fascinating culture of Bai nationality.
In the so - called " Yangren Street (foreigner's street) " in the
heart of ancient city where is always full of foreign visitors,
there are several dozens of cafes, western style restaurants, and
clothes shops offering services to foreign guests. And it seems
that everyone of local Dali Bai people in the Yangren Street is a
Dali is noted for its fine marble art pieces and craft objects, and
the price for the quality is low. You may want to buy souvenirs
here. Foreigners' Street is a good place to find bargains on marble
objects. Cangshan Mountain marble is beautiful. The marble craft
and art objects are noted in China and around the world.
The marble often has unusual intricate patterns like flowers or
like stripes like the planet Jupiter. The marble has unusual colors
such as red, yellow, and jade-green, and some of the marble is
striped and spotted in a variety of colors. Cangshan marble is
famous in China. For some reason, the Chinese word for marble is
“Dalishi” which literally means “Dali stone.
Crafts objects such as dyed cloth, hats, and the local ethnic
clothing are for sale also. To get lower prices, you have to
bargain. The initial quoted price to foreigners may often be 4 or 8
times more than the product is worth on the market.