Yunnan
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dali City

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

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Yangbi Yi Autonomous County

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

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Nanjian Yi Autonomous County

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

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Midu County

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

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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.

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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.

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Binchuan County

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

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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.

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Eryuan County

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

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Festivals

Benzhu Worship 26 Jan 2021

Benzhu Worship 27 Jan 2021

Benzhu Worship 30 Jan 2021

Benzhu Worship 04 Feb 2021

Bai Opera 16 Feb 2021

Yaba Festival 19 Feb 2021

Weishan Temple Fair 20 Feb 2021

Singing Festival 20 Feb 2021

Singing Festival 26 Feb 2021

Flower Lantern Festival 26 Feb 2021

Benzhu Worship 20 Mar 2021

Caojian Bath Gathering 20 Mar 2021

Mute God Festival 20 Mar 2021

Snack Festival 20 Mar 2021

Temple Fair 27 Mar 2021

Singing Festival 31 Mar 2021

Zhonghe Temple Songfest 14 Apr 2021

Third Month Fair 26 Apr 2021

Chaoshan Fair 26 Apr 2021

Lingbao Mountain Fair 01 May 2021

Start of Summer Market 05 May 2021

Benzhu Worship 10 May 2021

Butterfly Festival 26 May 2021

Raosanling 02 Jun 2021

Dandao Temple Fair 22 Jun 2021

Benzhu Worship 23 Jul 2021

Benzhu Worship 24 Jul 2021

Guanyin Practice Day 28 Jul 2021

Benzhu Worship 03 Aug 2021

Bai Torch Festival 03 Aug 2021

Benzhu Worship 06 Aug 2021

Bridge Temple Fair 22 Aug 2021

Benzhu Worship 28 Aug 2021

Songgui Temple Fair 29 Aug 2021

Lanterns on the Lake 29 Aug 2021

Benzhu Worship 29 Aug 2021

Benzhu Worship 30 Aug 2021

Benzhu Worship 31 Aug 2021

Shibaoshan Songfest 03 Sep 2021

Fishpond Fair 21 Sep 2021

Benzhu Worship 29 Sep 2021

Flower Lantern 15 Oct 2021

Guanyin Enlightenment 24 Oct 2021

Opening of the Fishing Season 28 Oct 2021