Dali City is a county-level city in and the seat of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, northwestern Yunnan province of Southwest China Llocated on a fertile plateau between the Cangshan Range to the west and Erhai lake to the east. It has traditionally been settled by the Bai and Yi minorities. It is also the capital of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture.Dali and Yunnan's capital Kunming are only a 50-minute flight apart. It’s in west of Yunnan Province, with a elevation of 1976m. Dali's newly finished administrative district that houses the newly opened Dali International Convention Center is in Longshan District. The Dali government's urban planning keeps its old and new districts separate, so those coming here for the first time often feel they have entered a time tunnel.Well-preserved traditional buildings of the Bai ethnic minority group line along narrow cobbled streets. Most of the buildings feature the traditional stone architecture of the Bai people. Although the old city walls have disappeared, the South and North Gate Towers remain intact. Antique shops, tea houses as well as Chinese and western style restaurants are popular among foreign tourists.
The climate in Dali is temperate with moderate summers and mild winters. But spring is the most beautiful time of the year because all the flowers are in bloom. A spring visit to Dali would not be complete without seeing the array of springtime flowers.The "new city" is known as Xiaguan and is south of the old city. The old city was built during Ming Dynasty emperor Hongwu's reign (1368–1398). Owing to the distance between them, the old city is still peaceful and quiet.Dali is the ancient capital of both the Bai kingdom Nanzhao, which flourished in the area during the 8th and 9th centuries, and the Kingdom of Dali. Situated in a once significantly Muslim part of South China, Dali was also the center of the Panthay Rebellion against the reigning imperial Qing Dynasty from 1856–1863.
In China, Dali is spread as "paradise" , with its mild year round climate, ancient ruins, gleaming ErHai Lake, magnificent Cang Mountains and natural wood fired pizzas. After 1980, tens of thousand journalist and guide book writers poured to Dali.Dali used to be a important stop on the routes of the Ancient Tea Horse Path starts from Xishuangbanna. It was from Dali, where the southwestern Silk Road and the Ancient Tea Horse Path join, that Shu brocade from Sichuan Province and Puer Tea from Yunnan Province were exported to India and Afghanistan. Since then it has maintained its reputation as "ancient capital at the crossroads of Asian culture".Dali is also famous for the many types of marble it produces, which are used primarily in construction and for decorative objects. In fact, Dali is so famous for the stone that the name of marble in Chinese is literally "Dali Stone". Dali is now a major tourist destination, along with Lijiang, for both domestic and international tourists.
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