Dali's location between the Cangshan Mountain and the alpine lake-Erhai Lake, makes it one of the most beautiful and relaxing places in China. It is a great place to escape the congested traffic, stress, work and pollution. People in Dali seem to live in an ideologically isolated world and they keep their traditional way of lifestyle. They work from dawn to sunset, live in their traditional houses, celebrate their own festivals and never worry about being fired.
Many travelers like staying at Dali's ancient town to explore the small alleys, enjoy cheap beer, pizzas and cappuccinos. Others may prefer excursions to its stunningly beautiful surroundings or biking in the countryside to Xizhou to appreciate the ornate traditional Bai architecture or taking a boat on the gemstone-like Erhai Lake or enjoying a climb up the lofty Cangshan Mountain.
Historically, Dali was the political and cultural center of Yunnan and is therefore endowed with many cultural sites and historical heritage. The ancient town itself and the Three Pagodas, a religious site dating back to China's ancient Tang Dynasty over 1,000 years ago, are great evidence of the city's historical importance over centuries. The reflection of the three pagodas in the nearby lake is considered to be a most beautiful scene for photographers. Do not miss it, if you have a chance to visit.
Dali is a region which the Bai ethnic people inhabit, and thus it has distinguishing features of the Bai people: profound Bai buildings, the unique tea ceremony "Three Cups of Tea" and their traditional shining dress.