Dali is the capital city of the
Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture (including the ancient city
of Dali in itself and Xiaguan city) located in southwest Yunnan
Province, Southwest China. The city is famous for being home
to the Han, Hui, Yi, Lisu and Bai ethnic minority peoples,
the last one representing more than 65% of the total of population.
Situated between the Cangshan Mountains and the Erhai Lake
reputed for their beauty intertwining snowcapped pinnacles
and crystal clear waters, Dali enjoys a monsoon subtropical
climate. At 400 kilometers away from the capital city of Yunnan
- Kunming, the city of Dali is highly deserved for the best
pleasure of travelers. Great tourist destination along with
the city of Lijiang, Dali is a must-see city of the Yunnan
Province, rich in historical, cultural and natural spots.
Favorite destination of hikers and backpackers, Dali is a
high stop-off point to the northern Yunnan hiking and cycling
circuit. Discovering the local Bai culture, handmade craft
objects and local cuisine is just a pleasure to anyone having
the chance to tour on this southernmost Province of mainland
The city of Dali
is renowned in history as the ancient capital of the Bai Kingdom
which established its rule in the Erhai Lake region some 3000
years ago. After defeating the army of Tang Dynasty in the
early 8th century, the Bai established the Nanzhao Kingdom
that had a tremendous influence in mainland China as well
as in upper Burma for much of the 9th century. Invaded by
the Mongols hordes of Kublai Khan, the Bai Nanzhao Kingdom
fell down after 5 centuries of self-government. Being the
political, economic and cultural centre of Yunnan for years,
Dali has kept lots of relics and buildings giving true testimonies
of this great ancient past. Namely, the city was a major gateway
and stop-off point on the "Silk Route of the South"
to southeastern Asian countries. The Dali old city that is
still opened to tourists today was built during the Emperor
Hongwu reign between 1368 and 1398 (Ming Dynasty). Major point
on the Panthay Rebellion occurring in the region from 1856
to 1863 against the Qing Dynasty, Dali is definitely a high
place of history in the whole southern trip of China. Production
place of different types of marble used mainly in decorative
objects, the city of Dali is famous for its direct association
with the material, the name "marble" being called
"Dali stone" in Mandarin Chinese. Visitors to this
city are just all stuck by the amazing sceneries displaying
in the area. The city of Dali still erects today as an elegant
and major historical point of China where the rich Bai and
Erhai cultures are just at anyone's fingertips.
Today, Dali is
a great scenic spot and tourist city of the Yunnan Province.
Full of vitality, old historical and cultural relics, Dali
mingles present modernity and ancient times in an irresistible
way. The "new city" known as "Xiaguan"
is located south of the old Dali city. Renowned place for
its beautiful lush landscapes, pagodas, monasteries, minority
peoples' folk ways, Yunnan typical cuisine, Dali is a good
place to stop off on your Yunnan tour. The city is highly
appreciated by hikers, backpackers and other amateurs of sports.
The Erhai lake nearby is a marvel for everyone having the
chance to stop by and a place where to relax and enjoy nature
at its best point. The still preserved cobbled streets of
the city are giving more and more cachet to the place, a real
delight for visitors to look for some typical Chinese sceneries.
In Dali, have a glance at the Erhai Lake, the Cangshan Mountain
and of course the many little Bai minority shops and architectural-like
housing, a trip that you'll never regret!