Dali Ancient Town
Dali Ancient Town was built in 1382, the city is facing the Erhai Lake. There are four city gates of the city in the north, west, east, and south with their own gate towers and turrets. The gate towers are named Tonghai, Cangshan, Cheng™en and Anyuan. The distribution of the city inside is of strict order and the whole ancient city looks like a chessboard (all the path of the ancient city are from the east to west or from north to south, houses of tile makes the city simple and unsophisticated).
Cang Shan Mountain and Erhai Lake links together with mountains and rivers. The Erhai Lake is origin from the Jiangwei Village of Eryuan County from the north and stops at the new city area of Dali, with a length of 41.5 kilometers, a acreage of 251 square kilometers and a elevation of 1972 meters. In Chinese, the Er™ means the ears of a person; the Erhai Lake was named as its shape looks like the ear of people. The Erhai park in the south point of the lake is one of the best place to enjoy the mountain and lake scenery.
Unlike any other Chinese town, the traditional Bai ethnic folk houses give the town distinctive feel. The town's layout was uniform, with five main streets from south to north and eight main streets from east to west, while marketplaces were neatly arranged within the town, which has remained unchanged to this date. Besides the Bai houses, the houses with gray-green roof tiles, peculiar workshops, temples, schools and churches with antique flavor are scattered. Traditional marble artworks, like pencil vases, striped screen, and a variety of woven handicrafts of fine straw are laid chockablock on both sides of the street to be appreciated and purchased. Its grand city wall, traditional Bai houses and marvelous scenery have been attracted many visitors.
Dali is also famous for the many types of marble it produces, which are used primarily in construction and for decorative objects. In fact, Dali is so famous for the stone that the name of marble in Chinese is literally Dali Stone.
The characteristic natural landscapes in Dali are usually composed by mountain and water. The land between Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake is a fan-shaped plain formed by impact. It is full of rich land, connecting villages and top attractions like the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple, it is described as the gallery of scenery™, it is a perfect mixture of scene, scenic spot and folk-customs. Guest may take in all the beautiful sceneries when climbing up to the mountain top.