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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 multi linguist.

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.

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Square Market In Lijiang, the Square Market was built before the construction of the whole town. It might be the only square that had an automatic street-wash system in ancient times. Closing the water gate on the West River, people can control the Water, and ...Read More
Nanzhao Ancient Town, the original place of Nanzhao Kingdom, is not far from Dali City. Formerly, to know Nanzhao just came from the reading of Jinyong's novels and history books, nowadays, we can visit many cultural landscapes with our own eyes, such as well...Read More
With high roofs and yellow tiles, the imposing architecture of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum (aka Dali Municipal Museum), stands in Xiaguan's northeast sector near the approach to Erhai Park. The museum has become an important site not only for ...Read More

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by Keane 2011-05-23
The Cangshan Mountains are located about 2km to the west of the city of Dali. The Horse and Dragon Peak, the main peak, towers 4,122 meters about sea level and the mountaintop is covered with snow all the year round. Its slopes are covered with green trees and tea bushes. The area produces over 100,000 kilograms of processed tea annually and is the home to ...
by Yachne 2011-05-23
Embracing 250 square kilometers, Erhai Lake lies at the eastern foot of the Cangshan Mountains and is a famous fresh-water lake, 40 kilometers long from north to south, 7 to 8 kilometers wide from east to west, lying on a plateau of 1,980 meters above sea level. The lake shapes like an ear ("ear" is pronounced "er" in Chinese), and waves are big enough in ...
by Latonia 2011-05-23
The Ancient City faces Erhai Lake to the east ad Cangshan Mountain to the west. The gate tower of the City is grand and the sights here are beautiful. Dali is a magnificent ancient city with a perimeter of 6 kilometers. City walls in old days Dali Ancient City was set up in 1383 in the Ming Dynasty. It has a history of more than 600 years. When the city was ...