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Dali Ancient City: city of Fragrance



Dali has been well-known at home and abroad for its long history, abundant cultural heritage and magnificent landscape. The ethnic people and their passion are very impressive as well. In 1982 the Chinese government announced Dali to become one of the 24 cultural cities in China.


In today's Dali, the roads and streets are still maintained the styles popular during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, that is, the layout looks like a chessboard. Traditionally, the locals called this as "nine streets with eighteen narrow lanes", which is seen as a giant net.


Fostering flowers for appreciation has always been a traditional lifestyle of Dali's people. A garden, regardless its size, is essential for every residential house. In Dali, you will see camellia, azalea and many other beautiful and colorful flowers during your tour. These pretty plants have made the ancient city a town of fragrance. The crystal-clear spring water is flowing down from the mountains above and passing along the streets and lanes of Dali, cleansing the dust and sand here. The sound of the running spring is like a melodic tune.

Main ethnic group living in Dali: Bai Nationality



 Dali Ancient City

 Shops along the street


Water connected alleys

 Three Course Tea Ceremony



Prosperous street in Dali


 The most diversified flora species thrive here, even roof is covered with wild flowers

 Eye-dazzling handicrafts


 A glimpse of Bai architecture near Erhai Lake

 Huoguo Road(Foreigner's Road), it boasts the best cafes and hotels

 Catholic church in Dali ancient city

 Bai people still wears the traditional costumes.

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