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.



Bai Opera 29 Jan 2020

Yaba Festival 01 Feb 2020

Singing Festival 02 Feb 2020

Weishan Temple Fair 02 Feb 2020

Flower Lantern Festival 08 Feb 2020

Singing Festival 08 Feb 2020

Prince Festival 01 Mar 2020

Caojian Bath Gathering 01 Mar 2020

Benzhu Worship 01 Mar 2020

Snack Festival 01 Mar 2020

Mute God Festival 01 Mar 2020

Temple Fair 08 Mar 2020

Guanyin Worship 12 Mar 2020

Singing Festival 12 Mar 2020

Zhonghe Temple Songfest 26 Mar 2020

Chaoshan Fair 07 Apr 2020

Third Month Fair 07 Apr 2020

Lingbao Mountain Fair 12 Apr 2020

Benzhu Worship 21 Apr 2020

Start of Summer Market 05 May 2020

Butterfly Festival 07 May 2020

Raosanling 14 May 2020

Dandao Temple Fair 03 Jul 2020

Benzhu Worship 03 Aug 2020

Benzhu Worship 04 Aug 2020

Guanyin Practice Day 08 Aug 2020

Bai Torch Festival 14 Aug 2020

Benzhu Worship 14 Aug 2020

Benzhu Worship 17 Aug 2020

Bridge Temple Fair 02 Sep 2020

Benzhu Worship 08 Sep 2020

Lanterns on the Lake 09 Sep 2020

Benzhu Worship 09 Sep 2020

Songgui Temple Fair 09 Sep 2020

Benzhu Worship 10 Sep 2020

Benzhu Worship 11 Sep 2020

Shibaoshan Songfest 14 Sep 2020

Fishpond Fair 01 Oct 2020

Benzhu Worship 09 Oct 2020

Flower Lantern 15 Oct 2020

Opening of the Fishing Season 28 Oct 2020

Guanyin Enlightenment 04 Nov 2020

Benzhu Worship 26 Jan 2021

Benzhu Worship 27 Jan 2021

Benzhu Worship 30 Jan 2021

Benzhu Worship 04 Feb 2021