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Dali Ancient City

 Street of Dali Ancient CityDali has a long history. According to literature, Dali Ancient City was a gateway to the Silk Road in Southwest China, and also served as a seat of government as well as a major military barracks for Yunnan Province in ancient times. In the current Dali, the roads and streets are still maintained the styles popular during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, that is, the layout looks like a chessboard. There were four city gates facing west, east, north and south repectively with each gate having a tower on its top.

To visit Dali Ancient City is to visit altogether three old cities, Taihe, Yanagjumie and Dalee. First, Taihe City, in the city an ancient stone tablet "Dehua Tablet" is the object that was passed down from the Nanzhao Country (479-501A.D.). Yangjumie City is the next town, as there were numerous sheep, people call it "Yang City", which means "City of Lamb". There is a tall gate in the city, if you take 300 steps from this gate, you will arrive at the second gate. At the second gate there are two doors standing face to face. Inside those two doors are the residences of the war hero Qingping, and other generals.

Dali Ancient City feels quite Bai ethnic minority by its houses. A typical house is characterized by 3 rooms and a wall screen and 4 joints and 5 courtyards. Their windows, doors and the wall screen Part view of Dali Ancient Cityare adorned with woodcarvings, colored patterns, marbles and wash drawings. A garden, regardless its size, is essential for every residential house. The camellia, azalea and many other beautiful and colorful flowers are very common in Dali. These pretty plants have made the ancient city a town of fragrance. The crystal-clear spring water is flowing down from the mountains above and passing along the streets and lanes of Dali, cleansing the dust and sand here.

The Dali Ancient City has many shops and booths on both sides of its streets selling things made from marble. Marble is called Dali Stone in Chinese because it is produced in Dali. The marble has exquisite texture and unique veins. The development and utilization of marbles began in the Kingdom of Nanzhao in as early as Tang Dynasty. All kinds of craftworks made from marbles are available in these shops and booths such as screens, brush pots and vases. 

 

Dali Ancient City Tour

Dali Ancient City, a city famous for its literature, historical records, culture heritage and richest relic in Yunnan Province. In 1982 the Chinese government announced Dali to become one of the 24 cultural cities in China. During the tour to Yunnan, tourists should no