4 Days Dali City Discovery Tour

During this 4 days Dali city tour, you will visit the highlight of Dali city, appreciate abundant natural scenery of Dali city, and also experience the charm of this historical city.


  • Visit the highlights of Dali.
  • Enjoy the splendid scenery in this tour.
  • Explore the charm of this historical city.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Dali Arrival
  • Day 2: Dali
  • Day 3: Dali
  • Day 4: Dali Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Dali Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities: Dali Ancient City

Upon arrival in Dali, be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel.

Then visit the Dali Ancient City. The Ancient City faces Erhai Lake to the east and Cangshan Mountain to the west. The gate tower of the City is grand and the sights here are beautiful. Dali is a magnificent ancient city with a perimeter of 6 kilometers. Its former city wall is 7.5 meters high and 6 meters thick.

The Dali Ancient City gives a simple, unsophisticated and quiet impression to you.

Day 2 Dali

Sightseeing and Activities: Erhai Lake, Butterfly Spring, the Three-pagodas in Chongshen Temple
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

dali erhai lake

In the morning, go to visit Erhai Lake, which is the largest highland lake next to Dianchi and one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China. It means, ‘sea shaped like an ear’, in Chinese. Implying that the lake is ear shaped and as large as a sea, hence the name. The lake covers an area of 250 square kilometers and is located about two kilometers east of Dali.

Then head to Butterfly Spring, a popular beauty spot. Situated at the foot of Mount Shenmo, the first of the peaks of Mount Cangshan, Butterfly Spring rises to form a square shaped pool that is shaded by the dense foliage lining its banks. Above it there is an ancient decumbent tree. This is the famous ‘Butterfly Tree’, so called as in the short interval as spring turns to summer, its fragrant blossom attracts thousands of butterflies. These small multi-colored creatures fly around the pool and settle on the tree in great clusters as they sip the nectar from its blooms. The vast numbers of butterflies are hardly distinguishable from the flowers as the whole tree pulsates with every color of the rainbow.

Finally you will see the Three-pagodas in Chongshen Temple. It is a symbol of the history of Dali City, and a record of the development of Buddhism in the area. As its name implies, Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle. This is unique in China.

Day 3 Dali

Sightseeing and Activities: Xizhou Town, Zhoucheng Village, the foreigner street
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Head to Xizhou Old Town to fully appreciate Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and explore their distinctive culture. Visit Zhoucheng Village and the Bai people’s Tie-dying cloth workshop where you can take some special souvenir with the Bai ethnic style.

Move on to visit the Shaping Bazaar happened every Monday in Shangguan Town. Shaping market is ratified by the government of Yunnan province to trade cultural relics inferior to the third class. Multitudinous curios, jade article, embroider are sold there, alluring many tourists around the country and abroad. Therefore, it got the reputation of “the foreigners’ street”.

Free to explore this charming city until be transferred to your hotel.

Day 4 Dali Daparture

Sightseeing and Activities:

Escort to the airport or train station for your next destination.

Service Excluded:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.