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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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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...
The Jade Emu International Hostel
"Clean, convenient, and great staff - This hostel was great. They really took care of us during our stay. They hooked up some great tours, bus trip to Lijiang, and took care of our luggage for a day. The internet wasn't working on the third floor, so they even provided us with a router to connect. I can't say enough good things about this place. Enjoy." … "Could you wish for more? - Absolutely well worth visiting! Clean, spacious rooms...
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." … "… road, then turn right to walk for 1 minutes. THe Lily Pad signboard could be seen on your left. Go uphill 20 meters, you can see Lily Pad. Buses go every 30 minutes and it takes u 40 minutes to 1 hour....
Four Seasons Youth Hostel
"Four Seasons Youth Hostel is conveniently located in the popular Dalizhen area. The hotel offers a wide range of amenities and perks to ensure you have a great time. Facilities like shuttle service, safety deposit boxes, lockers, luggage storage, airport transfer are readily available for you to enjoy. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with handy amenities. Enjoy the hotel's recreational facilities, including billiards,...
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...
"… 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/single-sex dorm) 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...
The Jade Roo International Hostel
"… 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." … "Good, clean, quiet accommodation, some distance from shops. - Staff very helpful when asked but not great on understanding English. Lovely old Bai court to relax in and rooms are...
Dali Five Elements Hostel
"Dali Five Elements Hostel is a really nice hostel in Dali, with good facilities for travelers on a budget. This is definitely a relaxed hostel and very welcoming. The only thing not so positive is its location outside the walls of the town -- although it isn’t a long walk, just ten minutes to get there. The reception area is a very relaxed place, as well as the garden in the outside area, perfect to meet other travelers and share some nice...
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...
Guangzhou Backpacker Hostel
"… 10% and 30%.Room for each guest is arranged 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...
La Maison Du Lao Shay À Dali
"Located in Dalizhen, Lao Shay Youth Hostel Dali is a perfect starting point from which to explore Dali. Featuring a complete list of amenities, guests will find their stay at the property a comfortable one. Smoking area, Wi-Fi in public areas, restaurant, pets allowed, tours are on the list of things guests can enjoy. Hair dryer, television LCD/plasma screen, coffee/tea maker, separate shower and tub, desk can be found in each guestroom. The...
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...
Dali Spoor Youth Hostel
"… newly renovated at 2012 with a simple western style, which is obvious in the the Bai buildings. There is a big and bright lobby which is adjacent to an inner yard and terrace, where there are green plant trying their best to touch the sunshine. There are both sofas and chairs, a big table with tea-make set and books inside, either encouraging you to have interaction with other guests from different countries, or just to relax...
"Conveniently located in centre of Dali Old Town, E-Outfitting Beetles Hostel is close to Wuhua House. On the opposite of Christianity church, it is rested in quiet place but with easy access to attractions. It is 25-minute driving away from Railway Station. In typical local architectural style, E-Outfitting Beetles Hostel offers comfortable space. All the rooms feature free Wi-Fi, electric blanket and shared bathroom." … "…...
Dali Hua'er Hostel
"Best youth hostel in China! - I've been to many youth hostels in China and this is definitely my favorite one! It's very clean, safe, very well situated and the staff is so nice, welcoming and helpful. Go there and stay at least three days, there're great stuff to do and see in Dali and you always have a nice time staying with people in Huaer hostel." … "… English speaking staff will be happy to assist you in any way possible....
Hi Erhai Hostel
"Hi Erhai Hostel is in a convenient location near the tongue of Erhai lake, in Jinguisi country Xizhou town Dali city. Except the dorms, all rooms have private bathrooms and 24 hours hot water. The free wifi is around the house. We have different room types suited to different accommodations like standard twin room and double room, basic 4 bed mixed dorm, male dorm and female dorm. Hi Erhai Hostel offers the chance to experience local...
Timeless Hostel Dali
"… access to hot showers *Free 20M Optical Fiber Wi-Fi access *Free garden and roof terrace *Free DVD movies *Free use of hair dryer *Free travel information about Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la *Free hot/cold drinking water and tea *Linens provided included pillow, sheets and blankets ==BUSINESS HOURS== *Reception Hours: 07 :00~24:00 *Check-in time: 14:00~24:00 (Late check in until 1am, please contact us in advance)...
Hua Er Duo Duo
"… City is far away from the Dali railway station ( almost 16KM ). There are many famous places around us, such as CangShan mountain, ErHai lake, ChongSheng Three-Pagodas Park, WuWei Temple. The owner of Hua Er Duo Duo can not speek english very well, but you can use your body language and pen to help you. Hua Er Duo Duo has 8 rooms ( include two four-bed rooms for girls, three four-bed rooms for anyone, one eight-bed room for...
Dali Ninghai Guesthouse
"Ninghai Guesthouse is a Bai-style house which is only 3km away from Dali Old Town, by the Erhai Lake. We are doing a very very low price in the first year of our business, only to let more people know about us. But we never discount our service:) We have standard rooms, basic rooms and sofa beds availble for different customers. Hot shower,wifi,laundry,bike/electric bike renting,ticketing...we provide free or paid services to meet...
Yeyu No.15 Youth Hostel
"Conveniently located, Yeyu No.15 Youth Hostel is in the centre of the ancient city of Dali. Walk to the Ren Min Road and Foreigner’s Street only take 1-3 minutes. The great location provides guests with easy access to must-see destinations that the lively city has to offer. After check in, travellers can enjoy all kinds recreation facilities available in the hostel. Free Wi-Fi is offered in the rooms and computer is accessible in the...
Neverland Youth Hostel
"The Neverland Youth Hotel in Dali, Yunnan Province, is located at Caicun Pier, with the most glorious view of Erhai and Cangshan. Neverland is the dwelling place of Peter Pan, the Neverland Youth Hotel is the warm home of the back-packers from all over the world. Free Services: 24-hour hot water, public computer, Wi-Fi, TV, Books and Magazines, tourist information, tickets booking, luggage storage; Fee-based Services: Laundry, food,...
Naga Puspa Guesthouse
"… Bai is one of it) in the ancient town of Dali .The name is from Sanskrit in India, means Bodhi tree. I run this guesthouse with my brother. We young,we sing,we dance,we wonder,we crazy ,therefor, we travel. We wanna make a guesthouse like a family for all the travellers. we hope our life like travelling in Dali, we observe flowers,trees, animals,cloud and locals,and now,we are making Rose wine. we offer free wifi,...
The Dragonfly Guesthouse
"… a curtain, light, socket and shelf - All rooms use only the best, soft, western mattresses The Dragonfly Common Areas: - A large comunal garden - A cozy bar serving designer cocktails, cheap beer, good coffee (and western breakfast coming soon!) - A 150m rooftop garden complete with plenty of seating and stunning views - A unique rooftop arts room, with free-to-use musical instruments and art materials! The Dragonfly...
Dali Moment Youth Hostel
"… you come from downtown by bus, it will be 5 minutes walk from the bus station. It is also 5 minutes walk from our place to Erhai Gate, which is the start point of Renmin Road, where you can meet lots of friendly people from different places. There is great view of Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake on rooftop. You will like watching the sunsets. Nice reading room with easy-tatami is available, where you can enjoy bright sunlight....
"… enjoy the nice view all the way along. There are 14 beds available,five rooms only,but has everything.A lovely balcony which could enjoy the pretty blue sky,fresh air and light music make you just please .Each bed has its own reading lights,and security lockers,which give more convenience.Little kitchen and a simple bar which are ready to serve you .(p.s:handmakers are all welcome!If you give free lessons you would have free...
Dali Summer Inn
"Located in Dali, Summer Inn features bright-coloured guest rooms with free Wi-Fi and electric blankets. It houses a tour desk, a sun terrace and a bar. Each standard room here will provide you with a clothes rack and towels. Featuring a hairdryer, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries and slippers. Dormitory shares bathroom.Provide locker and slippers.Don't provide toiletries. You may make use of the ticketing services at...
Dali Letu International Hostel
"… Hostel. We hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable experience here. Dali Letu International Hostel is a homely hostel located in the peaceful north gate of Dali old town. Everything you could need or want in Dali Old Town is within a 10 minutes walk (2 minutes from Yeyu Road Bus Station, 10 minutes from Renmin Road, the heart of Old Town, etc.). Our idea is provide a comfortable, clean, and friendly stay for all global...
No. 1600, Road Around Erhai lake, Changyu Village, Shuanglang Ancient Town
No.147 Ping Deng Road
Super Floor Hostel
200 Meters South of Dali Wanquan Elementary School
Dali 88 Hostel
"… certain space for outdoor lessons which is to distribute the concept of safe, eco-friendly and self-motivated outdoor activities. Come here, guests can join the outdoor activity classes such as junior mountain training, junior outdoor emergency training and hiking in high altitude and so on. We also have a theme space “On the Road” where guests can have the detailed directions and tips to Dali and other destinations in Yunan...
The Warm Guesthouse
"… pursuing for the essence of life. Warm, a warm home, where the snow visits every year, the sea protects all the time, and all lovers wander around the world find the harbor for their heart. surfing the internet with free Wi-Fi; enjoying movies, magazines and various kinds of books; playing cards, board games and snookers; providing left baggage area, taxi service, travelling information; equipping self-service laundry,...
Hai Yue Lou
"… beautiful and romantic around the hostel. Meanwhile, we regularly organize activities, such as barbecue, candlelight dinner, fishing and boating. The Hostel could arrange the airport pick-up and drop-off for the customers who stay for more than 3 days in the standard room. Experience Bai Dishes 20RMB per person. Hostel regularly organized sea fishing. Gyejoksan worship, candlelight ballads and barbecue party．Hostel provides...
Hostel Dali - Lakeview YH
"… and artifacts. This valuable collections has been arbitrarly placed around the lounge and courtyard dining area where you can eat delicious traditional Bai cuisine or drink tea and take in the lovely atmosphere at your own leisure. For example you can look upon the stunning Cangshan Mountain range or Er Hai Lake and gaze at the clear sky where the stars shine brightly and the only noise is the wind in the trees. The Taoyuan people...
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." … "… 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 driver), you can get the Sky Sea Lodge. Airport:...
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...
Dali Half Time Hostel
"Highly recommended Hostel with friendly and helpful employees - I stayed in the hostel from 14-18 nov 2014. Employees were very helpful in any situation in relation to travelers. High service, clean rooms. Owner speaks English language." … "… all the well-decorated rooms are equipped with private bathroom. 1. Dormitory (6-Bed Mixed Dorm and 3-Bed Female Dorm)—Each bed comes with a reading lamp, a small shelf and clothes rail....
Dali Dengba Hostel
"… & roof terrace Free wifi in rooms & computer in common area Travel advice, tour & ticket 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...
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 rooms...
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