Backpackers have been relaxing here for years, and there is a wide range of cheap accommodations in Dali for budget travelers. A half-hour stroll takes you across town, so location is not an issue, but during summer months you might find yourself hotfooting around town trying to find an available bed. Budget guesthouse services include bike rental, tours and Internet cafés while the few star-rated hotels provide larger rooms and nicer bathrooms.
The best Dali has to offer includes backpacker havens like Jim's Tibetan Guesthouse, Friends Guesthouse, No 3 Guesthouse, MCA Guesthouse, and Old Dali Four Seasons Inn. Find travel advice, meet friends and eat the city's famed banana pancakes at these foreign-friendly inns.
Xiaguan (Xiàguān, 下关), also known as Dali City (which confuses many travelers), is 18 km (11 mi) south of Dali. This larger city does not have many attractions but does offer more star-rated accommodation than Dali, such as the four-star Manwan Hotel, the Jinda Hotel and the 3-star Xiaguan Hotel. More hotels line Jianshe Lu (Jiànshè Lù, 建设路), Xiaguan's main drag.
Butterfly Spring (Húdié Quán, 蝴蝶泉), situated about 30 km (18.5 miles) north of Dali, is a small, clear spring frequented by swarms of tourists... and, of..
Cang Shan (Cáng Shān 苍山), also know as Diancang Shan, provides a stunning backdrop to the west of Dali Old Town. A trip out to the mountain itself is..
One of China's largest freshwater lakes, the Chinese name for Erhai Lake (Erhǎi, 洱海) literally translates to "Ear Sea," a nod to its vast size (250 sq km or 96 sq mi) and..
"To get a perfect life, pray at the Chongsheng Temple." Or so goes the ancient saying. Today, one might update "pray" with "pay." To gain entry to the official Chongsheng Temple..