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3 Days Dali Classic Tour

Classic Discover All Dali Highlights

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Dali can be called a "miraculous land" in Yunnan Province where travelers can both enjoy breathtaking mountain & lake scenery, Nanzhao Kingdom ancient history, interesting and unique Bai culture… This 3 days’ classic trip will takes you to experience the essences of Dali - all highlighted attractions and featured activities, including the not-missing Dali Old Town, Erhai Lake, Cangshan Mountain, etc., as well as get under the skin to learn more about the brilliant representative Bai people's culture. Trust me, you will feel Dali really harmonious like a paradise most suitable for people to live and travel. Take this tour to experience it all in the best way!

Highlights of this tour

  • Take the cableway up to emerald Cangshan Mountain to catch the peaceful scenery above clouds and overlook Dali Old Town situated besides Erhai Lake matching a sapphire;
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise on the large Erhai Lake to be marveled at its intriguing lake view like diamonds and play with those happy flying birds;
  • Stroll leisurely at the time-honored ancient Dali Old Town along the worn out streets and lanes and feel the bustling life pace injected there;
  • Pay an interesting visit to Xizhou Ancient Town to immerse into the authentic daily life of Bai ethnic people with experience of their resident houses, morning market Three-Course Tea ceremony, etc.
  • Have a closer look at the treasurable art of tie-dye of local Bai ethnic minority and have more fun during the DIY part.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from $407
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Dali
Travel Length:
3 Days & 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-DLHT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Dali Arrival

Welcome to Dali, the Kingdom of Bai ethnic group! Upon arrival, your private tour guide and driver will meet you at the airport / train station in Dali New City (Xiaguan in Chinese). Then, you will be escorted to your hotel around Dali Old Town, a stunning place sandwiched between Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake! After check-in, you are free to explore this old city which is famous in Chinese literature.

Arrival Ideas: Dali Airport has flights from Kunming, Jinghong, Chengdu, Chongqing, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, Guilin, Guiyang, Nanjing, Wuhan, Changsha, Zhengzhou, Lhasa, Nanning, Nanchang and more cities. Also, you can take a bullet train to Dali Railway Station from Kunming (2 hours), Lijiang (1.5 hours), Guangzhou (10.5-11 hours), Guilin (10 hours), Nanning (6.5-7 hours), Puzhehei (3.5-4 hours), etc.

Kunming Flight
Day 2 Dali (B, L)

After breakfast, you’ll first take a visit to Cangshan Mountain, the national geological park in China with 48 km from north to south and 18 km from west to east, just like a painted screen hanging magnificently around the elegant Erhai Lake. You’ll explore the essence of Cangshan Mountain by taking Gantong Cableway up and enjoy a walk around Qingbi Stream, Jade Cloud Road and Gantong Temple. It is a very relaxing way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Cangshan Mountain at the halfway. The whole walking may need about 4 hours and you can choose to stroll for a while around Gantong Temple. (Note: 1. If you want to take the 4-hour hiking, you’d better bring some water and food with you. 2. When the azalea blossom in spring, it is recommended to take Ximatan Cableway up to the highest point of Cangshan Mountain to enjoy changeable and breathtaking scenery.)

Next, drive to visit the symbol of Dali - Three Pagodas and Chongsheng Temple. Built in 10th century in Nanzhao Kingdom, Three Pagodas is made of one big pagoda and two small pagodas forming a symmetric triangle. If you look at it from a distance, the pagodas are like three giant ballpoint pens breaking up the landscape of the never-ending mountains. Here, you’ll get close to look at the pagodas to know more history and stories, visit the royal temple in Dali - Chongsheng Temple, take awesome photos of Three Pagodas and the reflections…

Afterwards, be followed a trip to explore Dali Old Town. Used to be the ancient capital of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms, Dali Old Town is formed in the square-shaped structure, laid out on a typical north-south, east-west axis with five north-south and eight east-west streets. Wander leisurely through the historic streets with weeping willows dancing and colorful flowers blooming in the sunshine. You will visit the symbolic Wuhua Tower in a drum tower outlook. Get on the tower to have a bird’s eye view of the large old town with rows of black tiled houses. Continue to find Honglongjing (Red Dragon Well) with lovely view of clear water flow on layers of stone stages between the ancient dwelling houses and modern bars. Walk along Renmin Road to visit those bustling shops selling Yunnan specialties and some interesting items and then encounter the only Christianity church in this Chinese old town to feel the mixture culture there. As you feel the ancient flavor of the old site, stroll to the famous must-visit Foreigner Street to soak in the busy atmosphere along the old path and in those boutique shops and old coffee shops. Enjoy your time roam in this famous old town and feel like going back to the old times.

After the visiting, be escorted back to your hotel. Have a good sleep!

Dali Old Town Cangshan Mountain with Mist and Clouds Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Monastery
Day 3 Dali & Dali Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, you’ll start your exploration of Xizhou Ancient Town, an authentic old town where local Bai people really live and work. Set eyes on the local morning market - a place for local people in traditional costumes trading daily supplies, including fresh vegetable, fruits, meats, and many kinds of food and daily necessities. It is a great opportunity for getting close to local living conditions. Walk into the “the Museum of Bai Architecture” and appreciate the exquisite residential complexes decorated fabulous sculptures, paintings, pointed eaves and wall screens. Taste Bai’s Three-Course Tea in bitter, sweet and mixed flavors and experience the tea ceremony to enjoy deeper of the artistic culture of Bai ethnic people. Then, visit Yan Family Compound where to appreciate the delicate courtyard houses, screen walls, colorful paintings, and more decorations to learn more about the fine Bai ethnic architecture.

Then, transfer to “Hometown of Bai People’s Tie-dye Art” - Zhoucheng Old Town for an appreciation of Tie-dye. Tie-dye is a typical feature to present the Bai’s excellent handcraft with various colors and elegant designs. You’ll visit local indigo workshop in Zhoucheng and know the way of making. (Optional experience: If you are interested, you can follow the local Bai people to learn some traditional skills of how to knot and view your works to be dyed into different colors with beautiful designs. This whole experience takes about 1.5 hours.)

After that, go to have a relaxing boat trip on the vast Erhai Lake (Ear-shaped Sea) with crystal clear water and charming landscape, which is reputed as the “Immaculate Jade between Mountains”. On Erhai Lake cruise, you’ll enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain and Three Pagodas from afar as well as lots of birds and seagulls flying over the lake. Enjoy an excursion to one of the famous islands for an in-depth look at the peaceful Bai fishing village and other sites on island.

After the visiting, be driven to the airport/train station in Dali. Service ends!

Xizhou Old Town View Zhoucheng Tie-dye Yunnan Goat Cheese - Rushan

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