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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." … "… and refresh'. The guest rooms are spacious and clean with comfortable handcrafted furniture and decorated with antiques. Large windows look out over the mountains offering scenic views of Erhai Lake,...
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....
"… 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
"… 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
"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 clean and comfortable. No fans or aircon, only mosquito coils. Limited food available and need to walk some distance to shops. Guitar and music was constantly played here and an affectionate dog likes attention. I would come back again but be more prepared next...
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
"… business, and its advantages are more and more pronounced. 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...
La Maison Du Lao Shay À Dali
"… at the northwest corner of Dali Aboriginal living area conveniently. Just a few steps away from the hotel, you could easily find the most authentic of the Bai ethnic snacks and daily necessities. There is the old town wet market and supermarket 120 m away from hotel, where you could find the local vegetable and food. It is where our guests always find it interesting. Moreover, you would find the bus station is 100 meters away, where...
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
"… experience! Our highlights -.a beautiful garden which full of flowers -.a big public place for ( reading, communicating etc.) -.we have own bar (beer ,wine, cocktail, simple food) - Electric blankets on all private room except dorm -all the room equip with heating -near to the No.8 bus station (3 minutes walking) Our services -24-hour hot water - free wifi in everywhere of the hostel - luggage storage -locker in...
"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 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." … "… cup of Yunnan tea and mingle. Flower Inn's activities include outdoor...
Timeless Hostel Dali
"… *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 time: 08:00~12:00 (Early check-out is possible) *Arrangements can...
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....
"… distance to the old town, just about 15 mins walk. Besides, you can enjoy the nice view all the way along.P.S:Our leather craft workshop&Private chef who studied in Germany will definitely surprise you . 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...
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...
"… with a bright smile. Nice inner courtyard and rooftop with lake-view for public use. Traditional Bai Race decoration. Services available: Internet, 24 hours hot water for shower and wi-fi, self-service kitchen and laundry room, luggage storage, reading books for free, postcards for sale. Surroundings: Bus station outdoor,40 kilometers from the airport. Next to Erhai Lake, 3 kilometers from ATM, 3 kilometers from banks and...
"… Inn go to the famous renmin road、 foreigner street only need ten minutes' walk. Only 15 minutes' walk from Dali three towers, the edge is 3 kilometers distance erhai lake, Dali railway station 15 km, 30 km from Dali airport. Guests can choose to stay in 6-8 bed room or a quiet private room. Private rooms with a flat-screen television, sofa, wardrobe, and connect the bathroom with hair dryer and shower facilities. All rooms are...
Super Floor Hostel
"… We have wonderful folk performance every night. Nice rooftop with lake-view for public use., Services available: 24 hours wi-fi, hot shower, parking pace, travel information consultation, tickets booking. Surroundings: Next to parks, 5 minutes’-walk to ATM, banks and post office, 400 meters from the supermarket and the market,200 meters from the Bai traditional restaurant, 10 minutes’-walk away to the bus station....
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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...
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 - 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." … "… Sea Lodge).2. By the No. 8 bus from the 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...
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." … "… 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...
Dali Dengba Hostel
"… chinese dishes) movie night on sunday Garden & 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...
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...
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,...
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