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Dali is a lovely town in southwest China in the Yunnan province. This town used to be one of the backpackers' sanctuaries in China, and although it hasn't lost its magic, is getting more touristic and crowded. Anyway, you won't be disappointed with the town and the surroundings. You have the mountains and the mystic Erhai Lake and a lot of cultural aspects and sights to explore. If you like nature, this is the right place -- a few great hikes in the mountains or just cycling along the Erhai Lake is mandatory, don't miss anything.
The old town is surrounded by fortified walls and there is an easy walk that goes around the walls. A few kilometers north of Dali, you can find the Three Pagodas, one of the symbols of the town -– unfortunately you can only visit the outside area of the pagodas. Around Dali there are plenty of markets, so if you have the time, take half a day to explore one. If you have limited time in Dali, remember that nature makes this place really special -- trekking, cycling, or just crossing the lake on a small boat should be on the top of your priorities.
The best way to get in and out of Dali is by train, with one overnight sleeper train running from Kunming to Xiaguan. There are also buses that cover the entire province, but be sure to confirm that your bus goes all the way to Dali (many stop in Xiaguan). There is also one airport near Xiaguan that you can easily reach by taxi from Dali.
The hostels in Dali are usually very crowded during summer, so if you are traveling during this season, make sure you book in advance. Dali's hostels have average facilities and be prepared to trade cleanliness for price. The staff in Dali hostels seem to be too used to backpackers and usually they won't be a great help for your trip.
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The Jade Emu International Hostel
"Could you wish for more? - Absolutely well worth visiting! Clean, spacious rooms with all necessary facilities available. Helpful friendly staff, good with English. The bar/courtyard garden is a good place to get contact with other guests. Old town just across the street and the mountains in the backyard! Could you wish for more?" … "Clean, convenient, and great staff - This hostel was great. They really took care of us during our...
Lake View Youth Hostel
"… (Cangshan Ropeways, Boat Erhai Lake, Island Lake Erhai Customs). Staying in our hostel, you will have a full Bai cultural experience. There is no city noise, only the quiet countryside. We also provide a free private boat tour of Lake Erhai. Facilities: Internet access Guest kitchen Fax service Postal service Card phones Bicycle hire Cable TV DVD`s Common room Games room Pool table Library Linen included TV Reading...
The Jade Roo International Hostel
"… bathroom fittings (including bathtub in our private rooms with en-suite) - Electric heat pads on all beds - Bar/cafe serving espresso Yunnan coffee (AA+ grade) and a great range of freshly prepared western and Chinese cuisine - Free Internet access (3 PCs and WiFi throughout the building) with VPN for Facebook access - Satellite TV (with English channels, including BBC World) - Games facilities (pool table, table tennis, fussball,...
Mama Naxi Guesthouse NO.2
"Phone is 151 9832 0421-call when you reach old town for free pickup - TAKE BUS #8 to Old Town from the Train Station. Bathroom is large, staff is kind, happy and helpful. I do plan to stay here again, & I will return to Dali, very good place to enjoy life." … "… Clean and comfortable rooms & beds Bikes for rents & laundry services 24 hot waters Family dinners and Chinese cooking This is a very clean, quiet and home-like...
Dali Five Elements Hostel
"… It is crystal clear, refreshing, and sweet. Metal… In the five elements metal is seen as being what is gained from the other four elements, a souvenir to take home with you. Here at Five Elements we will do our best to make your stay with us be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible of course. However, ultimately, what you gain from your stay with us is up to you!! Whether you decide to experience Dali, read books, enjoy the...
Guangzhou Backpacker Hostel
"… randomly and man and women won’t be arranged in the same room, except in some special circumstances. If the number of people is bigger than the number of beds in one room, the surplus people will be charged 20 yuan each. To embody the principles of environmental conservation, hostel generally do not provide guest disposable toiletries. Taking into account the actual feelings of the residents, hostel regulations prohibit smoking in...
Friends Guesthouse Youth Hostel
"… cocktails.Every guest also receives a coupon for a free cup of freshly ground Yunnan coffee at the Gogo Café in Ren Min Lu. As a member of International Youth Hostels, Friends Guesthouse is also highly recommended by Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Routard, etc. IMPORTANT TIPS: Latest arrival time:6pm. If you cannot arrive here before 6pm, you need to call us or email us in advance, otherwise your room will be cancelled after 6pm....
Friends Guesthouse & Hostel
"This place should get five stars. The location is fantastic, it's clean, the rooms are very nice and the price is excellent -- 80 yuan (5.50 GBP) for a private room with double bed and en-suite bathroom. But the one thing that lets this place down is the attitude of the three girls who run it. They show little initiative in customer service. I was unlucky enough to stay in Dali during a period of constant rain and had wet clothing. The girls...
Sky & Sea Lodge Lakeside
"… I will be a happy man; Grooming, chopping, and traveling all over the world. From tomorrow on, I will care foodstuff and vegetable, I have a house, Facing the sea, Spring is blossoming. From tomorrow on, Write to each of my dear ones, Telling them of my happiness, What the lightening of happiness has told me, I will spread it to each of them. Give a warm name for every river and every mountain,...
Four Seasons Youth Hostel
"… needs of every customer, such as Standard room. Double room. One big bed room, and variety of dormitory, all are modern. clean and comfortable. All rooms are equipped with private bathroom and shower room, 24-hour hot water including dormitory. WIFI in room except dormitory. Web access in lounge. relaxing lounge area with comfy sofas, free internet. Free services: 24-hour hot water. Internet access. Web access in lounge....
Five Elements Hostel
"… We also offer the chance to experience local culture with our Hot Pot Party, Chinese BBQ , homemade dumpling party and a fun day trip to Er Hai Lake to visit villages, taste local food and connect with local people. You can go crazy in the bar or chill out in our garden reading or sharing stories with new friends and old. Our golden retriever, Jinbao will gladly keep you company. Whatever you do, we want you to have FUN! We care...
"… a self-service laundry, free Internet, and so on.We have the blue stones , french window, bamboo trees and small pond, all the things constitute a beautiful scenery. Motel Lohas Hostel features include: -free internet access -free wireless connection for our guests (Remember to bring your laptop!!!) -free luggage storage (on the day you check out) -free linen and blanket -towel rental (free charge) -self-service laundry...
"… and follow the sign can get the hostel in one minute. From the bus station in Xiaguan,you should get to the Jianshe Road to take bus No.8.Then the same way as from train station to come to our hostel. You can also take taxi to our hostel. Sora Hostel is located the ancient city of East Gate in Dali. Hostel address:, 121 East Gate village hall yard, Dali, Yunnan Province Theres a sign of our hostel besides the East Gate...
Dali Lao Shay Hostel
"… from the ancient city's largest vegetable market. Boarded the hostel on the third floor terrace, East Vision the Erhai lake and West Overlook Cangshan mountain do in front. If you're going to tourists gathered in south old town for hit the bars or buy some crafts, the past is just a 15-minute stroll. The hostel also several bus stops within 400 meters around, leading to the Xiaguan, the long-distance bus, train and Erhai lake...
Dali Spoor Youth Hostel
"… choice, there have Quite a lot of famous bars and restaurants , it is also not very far from our hostel. In Spoor, guests have access to yard, bar, food, coffee, flowers, wine. Free wifi, public computer , book , bar, 24 hours of hot water, luggage storage, bicycle rental, travel information, laundry, ticket booking, pick up service(not free) are all available to backpackers. The hostel has four kinds of room: double room,...
Dali Dengba Hostel
"… bookings Standard charge airport and train station transportation Clean rooms / en-suite bathrooms doom room /female room with privite bathroom 24hr hot water Bicycle Hire /icycle Parking Board games Quality pool table Bar with a wide selection of beers, wine and cocktails shared meals our adress:Yu Er road,Da Li ancient town Yun Nan(大理古城玉洱路下段风花雪月大酒店斜对面） walk 5 minutes to the center of DaLi old town the No.8 bus...
May Fourth Hostel
"… on a traditional courtyard of Bai ethnic group. The location is very convenient, second away from Renmin Road, which is one of the busiest main street of Dali old town, close to public transportation, as well as many great bars and restaurants. It has a pomegranate tree in our courtyard, so the nickname of our guesthouse is called pomegranate guesthouse. It provides free wireless internet in the guesthouse. We also have a small...
Da Li Ruth Lodge
"… comfortable rooms are provided, Dali Ruth is also offering language clubs and cooking club in Dali. Chili Chinese Cooking Club starts from shopping for ingredients at local markets and takes 5 hours totally which can let guests to experience authentic Chinese cuisine. Mandarin Club, one of the best Chinese language clubs for those who want to travel, live and work in China, especially organized for travelers and backpackers,...
Dali Ancient City Campanula Hostel
"Dali Ancient City Campanula Hostel is with perfect location. On its rooftop terrace, guests can see three most popular sightseeing in Dali: Er Hai Lake, Cang Shan Mountain and Chong Sheng Pagoda. The owner named the hostel after the campanula under the nice-sculptured roof. The hostel provides different kinds of room from 10-bed dorm to deluxe family room to meet guests’ needs. There are private bathroom in each room including dorms. 24...
A Little Love Inn
"… and creative paintings on the wall. On the roof, you can see the Cang mountain and Erhai lack. Staying here, you'll be relaxed and ready to explore the ancient and natural wonders in this beautiful area of China. Besides, A Little Love Inn provides wifi in rooms & computers for free use, travel advice ,tour & tickets booking, nice public sitting room and bikes for rents & laundry services. A Little Love Inn has...
Dali Aegean Sea hostel
"Dali Aegean Sea Hostel is located in an area of 400 acres ,Surrounded by sea on three sides with Dali's largest private gardens, beach and pier. Aegean sea hostel is one of the most beautiful hostels you will find. We can offer accommodation in Superior double rooms, Deluxe double bed rooms, Basic twin rooms and shared dormitories. The hostel offers a lively, vibrant atmosphere and has a Caf and Bar, 24 hour access, free internet, bike...
Jade Garden Inn
"… a wooden house and very romantic to live in the historical building. You can enjoy with the chinese traditional window-pane, calligraphy and courtyard. We provide 4 bed mixed dorm, standard double bed room, private room and family room. All the rooms have the soft bed, beautiful window-pane and ensuite. You can enjoy chinese Kong-fu tea at your room or in the terrace. We provied free WiFi and tea service. The courtyard is...
"… Kuba, are hard-time travellers that spent most of their youth in dorms, hostels, squats, tents, parksn couches etc.. It's this experience that allows us to provide simple, not obstinate and complete service, it's those times jumping from one place to another that gave us the ideas what really matters for you to feel the place anywhere you are. No checkout time Main door always opened Spices always available in the kitchen Free...
Dali Beach Guesthouse & Hostel
"Charming old courtyard renovated in 2010, this family-run guesthouse is nestled in the lakeside village 3km from the ancient center of Dali (bus N°2 every 5 min.): Sipping a cold beer on the panoramic terrace at sunset, contemplating starry sky and moonshine on the lake through your own window, take a walk on the lakeside path between water lilies and willow leaves, and don\'t forget the garden freshness, tasty food, cleanliness and...
"… and Kung Fu lessons, taught by a local Monk. We have a full Chinese restaurant menu, cooked by Mrs Yang, and a Western Bar and breakfast menu. We regularly cook and eat communal meals together in the evenings, and guests are welcome to join us, or to use our kitchen facilities. There is a movie room with over 200 movies open to all guests, pool table, board games, book library, free internet service and WiFi, and 200 GB of music...
The Dali Hump
"… and private balconies. All rooms are individually themed and decorated by artists from around the world. Our private rooms have four poster style double beds, electric blankets and a cozy lounge area, perfect for a romantic stay in Dali. We have two spacious deluxe 8 bed dormitories, both have en-suite bathrooms, electric blankets and private balconies overlooking the ancient city wall. Each bed has a personal reading light with a...
"… requirement of travellers like us, who enjoy travel but not compromise comfort. A truely comfortable place is what we want, no matter as travller or guest house owner, no matter for dorms or private room. Nice bathroom, soft slipper, carpet etc, all of these are designed to achieve this target. We have APPLE TV for photo sharing, XBOX for games and a large hard disk for music exchanging. So, welcome to Mars, enjoy your Dali's...
Hostel Dali - Lakeview YH
"… traditional Bai fishermans House and reflects the old stlye of the peoples culture and way of life. You may feel that you have stepped into a miniture museum with old fishing boats, pottery, carved wooden doors and windows, green surroundings, stone and wood all in poetic harmony. If you like the simple life here you can see the Taoyuan way of life with period labor and production tools, furniture and artifacts. This valuable...
Hostel Dali - Sky & Sea Youth Hostel
"What could you do in sky and sea lodge...swimming, kayaking, fishing, cycling, rock climbing, cooking, yoga, count stars, watch movies, photographing, or wandering in Bai minority villages." … "… Xiaguan Railway Station to Xiaguan North Bus Station, then by the bus which to Shuanglang (Chinese character is 下关—双廊，you can show it to the workers of bus station), tell the driver go to Dajianpang village (大建旁，you can show it to the...
"… us for lunch and dinner. And our boss knows how to mix a variety of flower teas, remember to order it! Each Vagabond Inn's room has its own theme. We have 3 room types: 4 beds dorm ensuite, private twin ensuite, private double ensuite. - 4 beds dorm comes with locker, drawer, reading ligt and attached bathroom. Towel not included. - Private twin ensuite comes with 2 comfortable bed and LCD TV - Private double ensuite comes with a...
Mingtong Yinxiang Youth Hotel-Dali
"… enjoy the special idyllic scenery of Caicun village!The best way to relax your mind is to lay in a recliner Chair to soak up some sunshine on the terrace overlooking the Erhai lake.All rooms are decorated with combination of wood and fabric, and create a peaceful, romantic and comfortable environment, so you can have a good rest, enjoy the quiet away from the hustle and bustle of city life.Every room is equipped with separate toilet...
"Tibetan Lodge is in the center of Old Dali Town and surrounded by most famous restaurants and bars in this area. Tibetan Lodge is a wellknown backpackers gathering place. It offers Western Food, Good Cafe and with a beautiful outdoor lounge. The lodge is recommended by Lonely Planet. It offers Free Internet, Wifi Service and detailed Tourist Information to the travelers." … "… needs. Rooms are priced very...
The Lily Pad Inn (Dali, China)
"Very, very nice - The Lily Pad is very quite and friendly. The rooms are clean and the showers hot and great. I spent quite a long time there after traveling through India, Thailand, Laos, and China and liked it the best." … "… Dali's No.1 Pagoda, and Cang Mountain. Stay connected with unlimited access to our complimentary high speed Internet connection. Enjoy Wi-Fi in the rooms and have access to our printer. Lovely Erin,...
"… 24hr Hot Water - Friendly Golden Retrievers SleepyFish has 14 rooms available with several different arrangements, including triple and family rooms. Each room is tastefully decorated and furnished by local craftsman. All rooms (except the budget single) include an ensuite bathroom with 24hr hot water and a large balcony that overlooks the pond and courtyard. Each bed has an electric blanket for the winter and heated bathrooms. All...
Yellow Canary Lodge
"… veges and flowers. -Cute pond with waterwheel -Comfortable inside common area- -All kinds of music. -Free wifi throughout the lodge -Learn Chinese for free -Plant veges with us! -Bike free for 3 hours/day at normal time -Borrow hair drier for free -Borrow hot-water bag for free -Books lend for free -Free travel advice -Free luggage storage -Free parking! -One free camping space (need book in advance) Pay service:...
Mr Ten International Guesthouse
"… travelers from all over the world. We provide free wifi Free luggage storage 24 hours hot water Laundry English speaking staff Train ticket booking and help buying cheap airline tickets.In the yard, there is a ping pong table, and we also have DVDs available for guests to watch. We have a large self-service kitchen, where guests can make themselves a hearty meal or quick snack. Our Hostel mostly provide dormitory.The room are...
Dali Garden Bed & Breakfast
"… Chinese and Western food and drinks (coffee, beer, wines and soft drinks). Excursions in Dali region, because we live here we can show you the nicest places We organize cultural events in daytime or evening on request (Bai language, songs, dance and music) We organize Chinese cooking lessons. When the weather is good (most of the time it is) you can eat outside in the garden. After dinner you can walk to the lake and enjoy the...
"… courtyard garden, a rooftop with views of Cang shan mountain and Erhai lake as well as a chill out room with free movies. There is one three bedroom apartment with kitchen and bathroom. Two one bedroom apartments with kitchen and bathroom. A two bedroom apartment with a kitchenette and bathroom and two single rooms without kitchen. Our aim is to give you a home away from home. A place to relax and unwind. If you're tired of living...
Hengsheng Garden Hotel
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"… such as: the ancient city of洋人街, Three Pagodas Chong Sheng Temple, Cangshan national geological parks, Tian Long Ba Bu, Butterfly Spring, Hei Chau Bai residential areas, Lake Erhai, Nan Zhao Wang summer palace and other famous scenic spot. Facilities Internet Access Free of Charge Web Access in Lobby Web Access in Room Breakfast Not Included Card Phones Bicycle Hire Hot Tub Cable TV DVD`s Common Room Library Linen...
No.5 Guest House
"… and table tennis. You can enjoy wide variety of entertainment during your trip and make friends at the same time. No. 5 Guest House can help you book bus and train tickets for heading Kunming, Lijiang and Shangri-La and airline tickets to anywhere in China. You can take a bus at No. 5 Guest House and go to anywhere you like. No. 5 Guest House provides detail Dali tourist information. You can get discounted Dali sightseeing tickets...
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