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Dali

From Wuhua Building, the best views of Dali Old Town and Cang Mountain will be displayed in front of your eyes. On the rocky elevation, many cable cars transport visitors from one spot to another, introducing them to points such as the Yudai Route or Jizhao Temple. And, on the other side of Dali, the cities of Xizhou and Zhoucheng continue to develop their Tie-dye techniques and other cultural activities. Do not forget that right at the entrance of Zhoucheng, the market with very varied food booths will offer you the most traditional and authentic local snacks and dishes.

Things to do +

Transport:

It is recommended to rent a car with driver, because the different points of interest are scattered throughout the region and cannot be reached by public transport.

Another way to get around would be to rent an electric motorcycle, but you have to pay close attention to the battery on the way just in case.

If you are a bicycle lover, you can rent a bike and go everywhere with it. The longest distance between the two furthest points is about 3.5 hours by bike.

For renting, you can ask the owner of your accommodation, since most of them normally offer car rental services with driver and electric motorcycles and others may even have the option of renting a bike. But anyway, it is very easy to find a rental store on the street.

It is especially recommended to rent cars on travel apps or directly in the hostel where you are going to live. If you want to rent it from other companies in the old town of Dali, you should make sure that you have checked the car well, and if you see any damage, agree with the company to avoid any type of problems later.

 

What to carry:

It is very important to bring sunscreen, because the sun is very strong throughout the year, including winter. Also, ultraviolet rays can cause really serious problems.

 

Clothing:

There is a big temperature difference between day and night. It is recommended to bring a light jacket for summer and warm clothing for winter.

 

Medication:

For those who have a sensitive digestion system, it is important to carry diarrhea tablets, because Dali foods are usually quite salty and spicy for those who are not used to it.

How to get +

By plane: Dali has its own airport called Dali Airport. Direct flights to Dali depart from most large cities in China without having to make a stopover. Otherwise, you would have to make a stop at airports such as Kunming and then transfer to Dali.

By train or car: Lijiang —— Dali, Kunming —— Dali.

Dali is included in the travel route that starts from Kunming and ends in Shangri-La or Tibet. You can fly to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan, and go directly to Dali by train.

Gastronomy +

Xizhou Baba (喜洲粑粑): it is a very traditional type of snack in urban and rural areas of Dali. It is a kind of wheat flour bun with all aroma and flavor, that can be salty or sweet. This first type is made with chopped green onion, salt and pepper; while the sweet one is filled with ham, minced meat and pink sugar. To grill it, charcoal is used on the top and bottom layer, and it is slowly prepared in a pot called “Kang” until it is crispy and delicious.

“Carved plum” (雕梅): it is a special dish of the Bai ethnic minority of Yunnan. It is a kind of plum with patterns carved onto it. To produce it, a salted plum is used as raw material, which is immersed in lime water and then removed and put to dry. Later, a knife is used to carve the desired pattern and the seed is removed from its interior. Then, it is put in a bowl with water and a little salt to remove the bitter taste of the plums and marinate it in brown sugar and honey. After storing it for months, it takes on a golden color and has a sweet and crunchy flavor, with full of vitamins that are very beneficial for the human body.

Milk fan (乳扇): it is a snack made of cow’s milk, solidified in sour water and then stretched into thin slices in the shape of a fan. It is a local dairy product in China and has a resemblance to cheese. There are many ways to prepare it, that can be fried, cooked or stewed, with a wide variety of fillings to choose from.

Fish made with casserole (大理砂锅鱼): the ethnic minority pay close attention to “fresh” when they eat fish, taking it directly from Erhai Lake. This typical dish is prepared using fresh carp from the lake, with more than ten types of ingredients such as chicken slices, ham and mushrooms, cooked in a casserole over low heat and served boiling.

Dali rice noodles: it is a Yunnan specialty that can be boiled or fried, and is usually eaten cold. Depending on the ethnicity to which the people who eat it belong, it is prepared in one way or another. In the case of the Bai ethnic minority, they like to eat it accompanied by grated tail and other seasonings, which give it a bittersweet and spicy flavor.

Accommodation +

Hilton Dali Resort & Spa: here, you’ll enjoy views of Cang Mountain and Erhai Lake.

Address: Qili Bridge, South of Gangtong Road, 671000 Dali, China.

Contact: 0872-668-8888.

Estimated price per night: 720-1000¥.

Reservations available on Booking.

 

Dali Old Courtyard Boutique Inn: it is located in the historical center of Dali, in a 100-year-old Bai-style building with many historical elements and a very special design.

Address: Nº12, Xinmin Road, Next to Renmin Road, Dali Ancient City., 671000 Dali, China.

Contact: 0153-6899-9935.

Estimated price per night: 1875-2250¥.

Available on Booking.

 

Blue Sea Resort: a very nice accommodation with beautiful views of the sea and at the same time quite cheap.

Address: Huanhai W Road, West Huanhai Road, Xiamo West Village, next to Mo She, 671001 Dali, China.

Estimated price per night: 300¥ aproximadamente.

You can make the reservation on Booking.

Useful contacts +

Dali Tourist website: 0400-900-1558.

https://www.dalitravel.cn/content/list/26.html

Dali People’s Hospital: 0872-212-7127.

Public security: 110.

Tourist complaints: 0872-212-1246.

Yunnan Tourist office: 0871-460-8315.

Linden Center: 0872-245-2988.