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Dali City Travel Tips

Xiaguan (Chinese: 下关,  Xiàguān), formerly known as Hsiakwan, is a town at the southern end of Erhai Lake in Dali County & Prefecture, Yunnan, in China. It has been the principal point of entry for Dali since the creation of the Burma Road and has become the major city and industrial center of the county, to the point where it is often called "Dali" or "New Dali".

Where to stay: As it is close to Xiaguan, a majority of tourists choose to return toXiaguan or head to the next attraction Dali Old Town. The hostel with the best condition in the old town is Fenghua Xueyue Grand Hotel.

Regent Hotel (大理风花雪月大酒店; Dàlǐ Fēnghuāxuěyuè Dàjiǔdiàn), Yu'er Road, Dali Old Town (大理古城玉洱路; Dàlǐgǔchéng Yùěrlù) (On Cang Mountain facing Erhai Lake), +86 872 2666666, fax: +86 872 2682082, e-mail: Five-star hotel in Bai architecture style. Very large rooms with free internet. Business center, currency exchange, gift shop, beauty salon, ticket office, karaoke, night club, billiards, table tennis, fitness, tennis, massage and outdoor swimming pool available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as coffee shop and bar. The hotel comes with everything you can expect from a Chinese five star hotel, but lacks something in taste, service and Western breakfast compared to what you will find in larger cities. Listed rates for doubles ¥880-5,800 including breakfast.


NameCity Garden Business Hotel(城市花园复式商务酒店)


AddressTanan Bridge,Xiaguan


NameTujiasiweideng Resort Apartment(大理途家斯维登度假公寓(洱海龙湾))


AddressLongwan,Jichang Road,Xiaguan


NameMeideng Hotel(大理美登酒店)


AddressNo.116,Canshan Road,Xiaguan

Tip:There are a lot of express inn as well,such as Rujia(如家),Hanting(汉庭),and Fairyland Inn(云上四季).

Where to visit: Xiaguan is a charming city with green hills and clear water, its tourism resources are unique and various. Within the territory, there are over 11 scenic plots near the city,such as Dali Old Old Town, Erhai Lake Villages, Erhai Lake, Butterfly Spring, Wase Market, Tang Dynasty Three Pagodas, Shaping Market, Xizhou, Dali Bai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture Museum, Chiyumo art space, and Foreigner Street.


When to visit: Weather in Dali experiences no hot summer and severe winter. It is similar to Kunming and Lijiang and seems like a spring city all year around. Dali is a good place suitable for touring all over four seasons, and it is one of the "Ten Best Tour Cities of China".

The best time to visit Dali is from March to October, when spring time is in full swing and all of nature seems to be in the process of rebirth. Trees and flowers of this garden city are green and in full bloom. Before your Dali tour, please check the Dali weather to have a clear plan for your happy trip.


Population: about 310,000

Nationalities: Bai(82.97%),Han(9.3%),Yi(7.2%),Hui(0.11%),Lisu(0.24%),Miao(0.18%).

Area: about 64 square kilometers

Zip code: 671099

Area code: 0872

Useful Numbers

Consumer Complaint: 12315

Tourist Complaint: 0872-2670384

Telephone Number Inquiry: 114

Weather Forecast: 121

Fire: 119

Police: 110

Ambulance: 120



NamePostal Saving Bank of China

Address: No.42, Jianshe Road, Xiaguan


Internet Bars:

NameYiluxingkong Internet Bar

Address: No.449,Cangshan Road,Xiaguan


Post Office:

NamePost Office of Dali

Address: No.4, Jianshe Road, Xiaguan


Book Stores:

NameXinhua Book Store

Address: Address: No.152, Taian Road, Xiaguan



NamePeople’s Hospital of Dali

Tel: (0872)2125465

Address: Address: No.122, South Renmin Road, Xiaguan



NameChristian Church

Address: Address: No.79, Pingdeng Road

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