Once one of the world’s 13 largest cities, Dali is today an excellent destination for a relaxing retreat and is popular with backpackers. Scenic areas and historical sites are abundant, and the 25 ethnic minorities that live here have created a unique cultural heritage. Dali is divided into two areas known as the Ancient City and the New District – also known as Xiaguan. The city is served by Dali Airport
Within Dali, the scenic areas of Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake garner the most attention for their beauty and the sights that can be found here. Islands, temples, and villages surround the lake and make for excellent exploration. Cangshan Mountain is a visual marvel when snowcapped and is reputed for its snow, clouds, springs, and marble. Cultural relics of the Bai people can be explored here, and so too can the Three Pagodas and Inaction Temple. Within Dali, the Ancient City is a popular draw and dates back to the Ming Dynasty, boasting traditional architecture and small, handworked fields. The Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum and Foreigner Street are but a couple more popular venues for travelers to the city of Dali.
Be sure to check out the interactive map of Dali for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.