Updated: Jul 6, 2020
Sights: Dali Ancient City & Around (大理古城)
Region: Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province
Dali Ancient City was popular with backpackers. As the title hinted, the ancient city was more hip with bars and cafes and had more backpackers than older folks pacing the streets. It was trendy, artistic and yet traditional at the same time. It is a city where backpackers came to take a break from travelling and laze around for days. Surprisingly, Dali Ancient City was not as crowded with Chinese tourists as the ancient towns in Lijiang (丽江, see Story #16).
The ancient city can be used as a base to visit nearby towns on day trips, such as Xizhou Town (喜洲镇), Shuanglang (双郎) and Weishan Ancient Town (魏山古城).