During our stay in the Dali area, we stayed in Dali City mostly to sleep only – spending relatively little time in the city itself. Our group followed the advice of our tour leader to make a day trip through Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, which he said offers more variety than staying in town all day long. Sunny – a member of the indigenous Bai ethnicity – was the local guide who showed us some places off the beaten track and some memorable experiences.
Dali was the first stop of our round trip through Yunnan after leaving Kunming. Dali is located some 350 kilometres Northwest of Kunming, which means a four to five hour bus ride or a five to eight hour train journey. As described in my last post we took the bus and I would very much recommend it to you as well – unless you want to travel overnight. For overnight travel the train is very good option and it obviously saves you another night in a hostel or hotel. Please take in mind that most busses serve Kunming and Xiaguan, a bigger city 20 kilometres South of it. From there you usually need a minibus or a taxi to Dali. Xiaguan itself does not offer any highlights, but maybe worth a thought if there only expensive beds left in Dali.