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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
"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...
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." … "… rooms are clean and comfortably furnished and available for rent by the month, week or day. Enjoy great scenery from our rooftop: Erhai Lake, Dali's No.1 Pagoda, and Cang Mountain. Stay connected...
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....
"… Standard charge airport transportation - Clean rooms / en-suite bathrooms - Soft beds - Laundry service - Wheelchair accessible - Bicycles, e-bike & kayaks for rent - 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...
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." … "… and tour and ticket booking. Other services include private tours, bicycle rental, laundry service, delicious breakfast options ,family dinners and Chinese cooking....
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
"… the cheapest beds in a 8-bed dormatory (10 yuan). The hostel is of traditional dali minority design, with the modern comforts of 21st century living. We make all our guests feel welcome here in a home away from home. The rooms are bright and comfortable ,Wi-fi equipped .Also If you feel the need, we even provide a self-service kitchen where you can cook. Please bring your valuables with you or keep them in the reception....
Guangzhou Backpacker Hostel
"… Single Room: 120 yuan per night, tatami: 120 yuan per night, dorm beds: 50 yuan per night. We have discount for people who live more than a week and a month, and they are respectively 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...
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...
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
"… 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 yourself in the lobby or in the sun in the yard as you want. The lobby will be heated by a furnace inside in winter. You can also enjoy food, tea, coffee and wine with a free WIFI environment at our ground floor. Rooms here, either shared dorm...
"In the Beetles Dali, there are 15 simple, clean and cheerfully-furnished rooms located around a quiet sunny courtyard where bamboo, locquats, pomegranates and hibiscus grow. The shared bathroom facilities are spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated in slate, stone and timber. Clean linen, electric blankets, table, chairs and tea-making facilities can be found in each room. The guesthouse has 2 four-bed dorms, 3 six-bed dorms, and 1...
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...
The Hidden Plum Hostel
"… clear with tables and chairs at the front to chill and talk between friends. We offer as well book exchange and laundry machine, both free of charge. We are organizing different kind of CS friendly parties out or in town, sometimes bbq if asked gently. We love going around the town, hiking, swimming, enjoying the nature as mother earth did it. The Hidden Plum Hostel has 2 kind of dormitories, 6 beds and 8 beds dormitory, both in a...
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." … "… speaking staff will be happy to assist you in any way possible. Do...
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...
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
"… 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) *Check-out...
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...
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,...
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,bicykle hire,ticketing...we provide free or paid services to meet your needs....
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Hostel Dali - Lakeview YH
"… way of life with period labor and production tools, furniture 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...
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." … "… 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: 1、Take taxi from Dali Airport to Dajianpang village (.Sky Sea Lodge)2、Take taxi from Dali Airport to...
Dali Half Time Hostel
"… to the privacy and comfort, 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. 2. Single Room—Each features a bed whose size is 1.2m. Only 1 person can live in this room with a child under 6 years old. 3. Twin Room—Each features 2 beds whose sizes are 1.2m. Only 2 persons can live in this room...
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...
May Fourth Hostel
"… is built 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...
Sky & Sea Lodge Lakeside
"… From tomorrow on, 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,...
"… Lu and Uncle 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...
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 hire,...
"… 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 then walk two minutes walk to get the hostel.From the gate go up straight on Renmin...
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