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Xiaguan New Dali

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Clara Favini Seasoned Traveller
97 written opinions

Xiaguan or 'New Dali' is the name given to the modern town of Dali, as opposed to the ancient Dali Old Town.

My review

It's situated to the south of Erhai Lake in Yunnan Province. A thirty minute bus ride will get you to the old town, which is on the western bank of the lake, at the feet of Mount Cangshan.

Xiaguan, to the east of Yunnan, is an industrial and communications hub that is unavoidable if you're heading to Dali Old Town; this contemporary sprawl has little of interest to tourists. I suggest you go to the old town as soon as you can, with its lanes, market, old houses and amazing Three Pagoda Temple.

Clara Favini Seasoned Traveller
97 written opinions

Mid-way between Kunming and Lijiang, in the heart of Yunnan, the town of Dali is nestled between the Cangshan Mountains, to the west and Erhai Lake, to the east.

My suggestion:
Visit Dali on market day ; you'll be impressed by its color and craft products!
My review

The seat of the Bai Autonomous Prefecture, the town is home to the stunning Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple, a regional icon. Between its stone ramparts, paved streets, low houses and secret gardens, you'll think you're on movie set (numerous tourists aside).

You'll also find several ancient towns in the vicinity that are well worth a detour - Zhoucheng, Weishn, Xizhou and Shaxi to name a few.

Did you know? Dali and the Cangshan region are famous country-wide for the production of marble. It's not by chance that the word 'marble' in Chinese is 'dali shi' - literally meaning 'Dali stone'.