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.


Yangbi Yi Autonomous County

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


Nanjian Yi Autonomous County

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


Midu County

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


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.


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.


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.



Raosanling 22 May 2022

Dandao Temple Fair 11 Jun 2022

Benzhu Worship 12 Jul 2022

Benzhu Worship 13 Jul 2022

Guanyin Practice Day 17 Jul 2022

Bai Torch Festival 23 Jul 2022

Benzhu Worship 23 Jul 2022

Benzhu Worship 26 Jul 2022

Bridge Temple Fair 12 Aug 2022

Benzhu Worship 18 Aug 2022

Benzhu Worship 19 Aug 2022

Songgui Temple Fair 19 Aug 2022

Lanterns on the Lake 19 Aug 2022

Benzhu Worship 20 Aug 2022

Benzhu Worship 21 Aug 2022

Shibaoshan Songfest 24 Aug 2022

Fishpond Fair 10 Sep 2022

Benzhu Worship 18 Sep 2022

Guanyin Enlightenment 14 Oct 2022

Flower Lantern 15 Oct 2022

Opening of the Fishing Season 28 Oct 2022

Benzhu Worship 05 Jan 2023

Benzhu Worship 06 Jan 2023

Benzhu Worship 09 Jan 2023

Benzhu Worship 14 Jan 2023

Bai Opera 26 Jan 2023

Yaba Festival 29 Jan 2023

Weishan Temple Fair 30 Jan 2023

Singing Festival 30 Jan 2023

Singing Festival 05 Feb 2023

Flower Lantern Festival 05 Feb 2023

Mute God Festival 27 Feb 2023

Snack Festival 27 Feb 2023

Caojian Bath Gathering 27 Feb 2023

Benzhu Worship 27 Feb 2023

Temple Fair 06 Mar 2023

Singing Festival 10 Mar 2023

Zhonghe Temple Songfest 22 Apr 2023

Chaoshan Fair 04 May 2023

Third Month Fair 04 May 2023

Start of Summer Market 06 May 2023

Lingbao Mountain Fair 09 May 2023

Benzhu Worship 18 May 2023

Butterfly Festival 02 Jun 2023