Ideally located in the middle of Yunnan province and a short plane trip from the capital city of Kunming, Dali is a must-see on any trip to south-west China. Dali was the ancient capital city of the Bai people during the 8th and 9th centuries. Bai and Yi are the main minority groups.
The town of Dali is located on a scenic plateau, sandwiched between Erhai Lake and Mount Cangshan.
The area retains it’s long history with a scenic old town and small villages in the countryside, where the small population are a mix of several minority groups and around 25 of China’s numerous ethnic minorities live around Dali. A trip to any market in Dali and visitors can see the locals in their traditional clothing and sample various local foods.
Dali enjoys a temperate climate year-round. It is best to visit in the spring or fall. It is a popular stop on the Yunnan trail on the way to Lijiang and Shangri-La.