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Key words:handicrafts,shopping

Location:in the Ancient City of Dali

An overview:

The ideal place for shopping in Dali must be Foreigner's Street (its Chinese name is Huguo Road) in the Ancient City of Dali. There are all kinds of ethical clothes, characteristic handicrafts and special local products from many places. Visitors from all corners of the world enjoy lunch alfresco sunshine served on a traditional Dali blue and white tie-dyed tablecloth. Local senior ladies dressed in traditional Bai costumes hawk antique silverware on the street, and upon entering the art gallery visitors are fascinated by abstract paintings that speak of the world, its peoples and the convergence of their lives and cultures. Foreign visitors usually stay here for at least six months, or until their pockets are empty, and only head backing to the West to earn enough money for their next stay. Local people are accustomed to their migratory habits

.Foreigners' Street

a glimpse of the Foreigners' Street


This ancient street was once a vital communications hub where the population was dense. Many trade caravans gathered here and the markets were prosperous. The local government has given high priority to its preservation. So Dali Ancient City still remains its original looks. Marble, which is of fine quality and has unique veins, has been quarried for more than 1,000 yeas since the Tang Dynasty.

  • Tie dyeing  of the Bai ethnic group is a time honored handicraft.

Tie dyeing

Tie dyeing

  • Wood carving in Jianchuan County, which known for its exquisite designs and multi-layer carving, is a 1,000-year-old traditional handicraft.
wood carving

Wood Carving in Jianchuan,Dali

Exquisite workmanship and novel design, gold, silver and copper ornaments are matchless handicrafts of Bai People. Other traditional handicrafts from the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture include embroidery, ink slabs, pottery, and porcelain.

Tours including Foreigner's Street in Dali Old Town

Admission Fee:¥0

Opening Hours:all day long

Attraction Transportation:

  •  By Bus
Taking bus No.4, No.8 in Xiaguan about 40 minutes to the Dali Ancient City, the fare is 2 yuan. People who take bus No.8 can choose to get off at the east gate. In Yuer road there is touring bus passing Wind Flower Snow and Moon Hotel, Guozi Garden, Bluestone Bridge, Yeyu Road, Yuer Park, Boai Crossing and Cangshan Mountain Gate. In addition, visitors can take the minibus to Dali Ancient Town in Jianshe Road and Cultural Road, about 30 minutes to reach the old city. There are three options of transportation of electro mobile, mountain bike and walk for tourists in Dali Ancient City.
  • By Bicycle
1. Dali Ancient City Yuer Road (Dali Lanlin Pavilion Hotel)—Cangshan Mountain West Gate—214 National Road—Chongsheng Three Pagodas—Erhai Ring Road—Xizhou (Xizhou Mango Cabin Inn) —Shuanglang
2. Dali Ancient City Yuer Road (Dali Lanlin Pavilion Hotel)—Cangshan Mountain East Gate—Dali Road—Caicun Village MTB Theme Inn—Erhai Ring Road—Xizhou (Xizhou Mango Cabin Inn)—Shuanglang

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