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Dali Ancient

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“old city”(54 reviews)
“south gate”(10 reviews)
“catholic church”(12 reviews)
Most travelers head straight for the ancient city of Dali, also known as Dali Gucheng. The old city is where the three pagodas and Foreigner's Street are located, while Erhai lake is closer to the new city.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was ok, but a bit commercial, also very busy. We did not stay long and headed to Xizhou historic village

Thank g6hie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I found Dali's old town better than Lijiang, in many respects. This is a totally walled old town, with four gates. A truly amazing place. A true microcosm of life in China. It has everything, from hotels to restaurants to markets to souvenir shops to...More

Thank Alex280546
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

You gotta go. Good shopping. Many lovely streets. Is it ancient? Well. Maybe in that it’s not towering. But it’s your typically retrofitted and newly updated facings everywhere. It is good. Much bigger than I thought. And people do live there - it’s quite self...More

Thank kjdriedger
Reviewed 4 July 2018

We had hopes for Dali old town, but those hopes were dashed when we saw nothing but shops selling the same trinkets over and over. Each street in this town seems like the rest, and after two hours of walking around, we had our fill...More

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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Very ancient place full of shops and bars. Overcrowded but worthy to visit. Very big needs at least to days to finish. Many sightseeing like temples, churches and museum. Best place in Dali. Don't miss it .

Thank kevin m
Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

Dali is cool. No doubt about it. It's a bit of a tourist trap, and scooters and cars traverse the busy streets, which makes it not quite as awesome as Lijiang and not quite as authentic as Shaxi. But, the food is incredible, the people...More

Thank QingdaoAl
Reviewed 2 June 2018

Jam packed with Chinese tourists. Not really quaint at all. Good restaurants. Predictable shopping. We like Lijiang more although apparently many people say the opposite.

Thank MWG12
Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

This ancient town is not too big, but it is enough to discover within half a day. Went up the North Gate for an aerial view of the town. South Gate has a history over 600 years and this gate is the oldest building of...More

Thank 2015ECL05
Reviewed 2 May 2018

Great little shops and restaurants and things to see and look at and to taste and try. Definitely worth a visit and make sure you have a few hours to spare.

Thank Aussie_Traveller183
Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Although beautiful restaurated and rebuild, its to crowded and to many nonsense shops! You have to be careful for tourists renting scooters etc Its not a nice place as it is right now

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