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Dali Ancient Town in Dali, China

Dali City in Dali, China is the more experience of he tranquil atmosphere of Tai-He, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Nan, watch the ruins of the old town and the ancient city walls, and watch the stone burials, which record the relationship between the Nan people and the Tang Dynasty.

Dali Ancient Town built over 1,000 years ago, even though it has been a long time But this ancient city is still in a relatively perfect state. You will see both the southern and northern city gates that have interchanged architecture. On both sides of the old road are scattered old houses. There is an old road that cuts through an ancient town which today has become a bustling commercial district. Along both sides of the road have shops for shopping.

There are ethnic merchants dressed in national clothes, trading various end-products such as marble. In Dali have local textiles and silverware, etc. Within this ancient city there is a small road from the east to the west. On both sides of this road there are Chinese and Western restaurants, cafes and tea shops run by foreigners. This road therefore is reputed “Foreign Road”. This road has a blend of both the old and modern, so it attracts many foreigners to travel uninterrupted. It is a unique scenery.

The History of Dali:

  • In 738, the Nanzhao Kingdom was established with Dali as its capital.
  • In 937, the Kingdom of Dali emerged.
  • By 1000, Dali was one of the 13 largest cities in the world.
  • In 1253, the Mongols conquered the city and ended the Kingdom of Dali.
  • In the early 1400s, the old Dali City was rebuilt by the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), and it still stands in a similar layout today.

How to Get There:

From Xiaguan

  • Xiaguan is the modern district of Dali City, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the ancient district. You can take bus 4 or 8 from Xiaguan to Dali Ancient City in about 40 minutes.
  • You can also take a taxi at a cost of about 50 yuan.

From the Airport

  • It is about 30 km (19 mi) from Dali Airport to Dali Ancient Town. Airport shuttle buses are available, taking about 40 minutes. It costs 80–100 yuan by taxi.

From the Train Station

  • It is about 18 km (11 mi) from Dali Railway Station to Dali Ancient Town. You can take bus 8 from the station to the ancient town. It costs about 50 yuan by taxi.

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