Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture 大理白族自治州

Homeland of the Bai, the Dali area remains perhaps the most traditional region in Yunnan: even the hordes of tourists in the old town of Dali have not managed to kill its charm.

Kiss of Life for an Old Caravan Market

Until the middle of last century, Shaxi was a flourishing village on the caravan road to Tibet. The following decades made it a place that history forgot. Now Shaxi is undergoing an award-winning restoration.


Marco Polo in Yunnan?

Did the great Venetian traveller reach Yunnan? Almost certainly not, but still his accounts are the first words Europeans heard about this far-away region.


古镇: Death-knell for Yunnan's Historic Towns

In China even the 'old towns' are new. Under the 古镇, or ancient town, moniker old towns are razed and their population driven out to make space for sanitized versions of Chinese history that drive the tourist dollar.


Learning Bai

Bai 白族话 is the language spoken by the Bai people 白族 in the Dali area. While Chinese has become the lingua franca, Bai is still actively spoken by many, particularly older people, but it does not have a native written form and comes in many dialects. Here we list the available resources for learning this difficult language.


Dali City

Dali City administers surroundings of Erhai with the lofty Cangshan mountains to the west, a region dominated by the Bai people.


Midu County

Home of 'Rippling Brook' 小河淌水, a famous Yunnan folk song.


Jianchuan County

With Shibaoshan Jianchuan hosts the most historically interesting temple complex in Yunnan and just south of it lies Shaxi, the best preserved traditional trading post.


Eryuan County

The 'Source of Erhai' has with Cibi Lake, West Lake and Fengyu a number of nice place, plus plenty of hotsprings.


Nanjian Yi Autonomous County

Nanjian's main attractions are the cherry flower in December and the Earth Forest.


Weishan Yi and Hui Autonomous County

Unspoiled Weishan boast Yunnan's most beautiful county town, an important Taoist mountain and areas of strong Muslim and Yi tradition.


Binchuan County

A low-lying county to the east of Dali with a mostly Han population.


Yangbi Yi Autonomous County

Yangbi is an Yi area to the western side of the Cangshan mountains. It is famous for its walnuts.


Yunlong County

Called 'museum of bridges', Yunlong county is one of Yunnan's rarely visited gems: the small county town with pleasant Hushan temple mountain in the back, the historic salt town Nuodeng just a few kilometers away and the many covered bridges across the picturesque Bi River that have given the county its moniker make a trip to Yunlong a trip back in time.



Benzhu Worship 19 Jan 2019

Benzhu Worship 20 Jan 2019

Benzhu Worship 23 Jan 2019

Benzhu Worship 28 Jan 2019

Bai Opera 09 Feb 2019

Yaba Festival 12 Feb 2019

Singing Festival 13 Feb 2019

Weishan Temple Fair 13 Feb 2019

Flower Lantern Festival 19 Feb 2019

Singing Festival 19 Feb 2019

Caojian Bath Gathering 14 Mar 2019

Mute God Festival 14 Mar 2019

Prince Festival 14 Mar 2019

Snack Festival 14 Mar 2019

Benzhu Worship 14 Mar 2019

Temple Fair 21 Mar 2019

Guanyin Festival 25 Mar 2019

Singing Festival 25 Mar 2019

Zhonghe Temple Songfest 07 Apr 2019

Third Month Fair 19 Apr 2019

Chaoshan Fair 19 Apr 2019

Lingbao Mountain Fair 24 Apr 2019

Benzhu Worship 03 May 2019

Start of Summer Market 06 May 2019

Butterfly Festival 19 May 2019

Raosanling 27 May 2019

Dandao Temple Fair 15 Jun 2019

Benzhu Worship 16 Jul 2019

Benzhu Worship 17 Jul 2019

Guanyin Practice Day 21 Jul 2019

Benzhu Worship 27 Jul 2019

Torch Festival 27 Jul 2019

Benzhu Worship 30 Jul 2019

Bridge Temple Fair 15 Aug 2019

Benzhu Worship 21 Aug 2019

Songgui Temple Fair 22 Aug 2019

Benzhu Worship 22 Aug 2019

Lanterns on the Lake 22 Aug 2019

Offerings to Erhai 23 Aug 2019

Benzhu Worship 23 Aug 2019

Benzhu Worship 24 Aug 2019

Shibaoshan Songfest 27 Aug 2019

Fishpond Fair 13 Sep 2019

Benzhu Worship 21 Sep 2019

Flower Lantern 15 Oct 2019

Guanyin Enlightenment 17 Oct 2019

Opening of the Fishing Season 28 Oct 2019