Dali Confucian Temple


Dali's attractive Confucian Temple is a 2014 reconstruction on the site of the original Qing dynasty structure, but the grounds are peaceful and there are small museum exhibits inside that are worth a look.

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2. Dali Municipal Museum

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The museum houses a small collection of archaeological pieces relating to Bai history, including some fine figurines. English descriptions are lacking,…

3. Three Pagodas


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4. Zhonghe Temple

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6. Guanyin Temple

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7. Gantong Temple

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