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- Private 8-hour Dali highlights tour
- Stroll around the cobbled streets and streams of old Dali
- Soak in the old-school Bai architecture, courtyards, and traditional atmosphere
- Visit the Three Pagodas at Chongsheng Monastery, dating to the 9th century
- Admire views of Lake Erhai and explore Zhoucheng, the Bai village known for its batik work
- Lunch at a local restaurant and entrance fees included
- Private round-trip transportation including Dali hotel pickup and drop-off
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After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.
What To Expect
Admire the views over the Cangshan mountains and Lake Erhai as you head into old Dali, whose history extends to the 8th century, when it served as a capital of the Nanzhao kingdom.
Listen as your guide sheds light on Dali’s past, and learn how its walled Ming-era city is largely home to the Bai people, an ethnic minority long-linked with China’s Yunnan province. Hear how the town was also a gateway to the Silk Road, and ringed by 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) of walls.
Stroll around the quaint cobbled streets and courtyards, admiring the traditional Bai folk houses with upturned eaves and richly carved windows and doors. Walk by the streams that trickle through the town, and see other houses topped with grey-green roof tiles, as well as temples, schools, and workshops.
After your walking tour, continue to the Three Pagodas at Chongsheng Monastery. These three towering pagodas are Dali’s symbols, and date back to the 9th century. Marvel at the three medieval 'skyscrapers,' set in a triangle, and explore the neighboring mountainside Buddhist temples as your guide shares information about their history and significance.
Enjoy a tasty local lunch at a restaurant, and explore the shores of Lake Erhai, China’s seventh largest freshwater lake. Take in some of the traditional settlements along the banks, and admire the mountain-backed waters.
Finally, travel onward to Zhoucheng village, famous for its Bai batik-making. Watch the Bai women making brightly patterned batik fabrics, and learn about the techniques they use, handed down to them through the generations.
Afterward, return to Dali where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you'll enjoy this trip.
- You will receive details about tour guide and exact pickup time in your voucher the day before. And the tour guide will also contact you through hotel or leave a message for you regarding the exact pickup time the night before tour.
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- OPERATED BY Trippest Mini Group Tours
- For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
- If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
- Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
- Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
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- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff