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$132 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour: Xizhou, Lake Erhai, and Dali Ancient City

Tour guide and driver will pick you up from hotel at 9:00am. On the way to those hot spots, your tour guide will give you a good introduction of the history, culture, life record of Dali. You will first visit Xizhou village which is made by Bai ethnic group. This village is surrounded by Erhai Lake, and it is famous for historic traditional style living quarters clustering around. You will be escorted to visit homes of local peasants. The farmer’s homes are all traditional Chinese rectangular courtyard with a screen wall facing the gate. You are expected to be treated with genuine tea ceremony of local Bai ethnic group along with a song and dance performance. In Xizhou you will visit the home for local residence in Qing Dynasty and taste the local appetizer-Xizhou Pan baked bread too.Then, you will be taken to Erhai by horse cabin. Erhai Lake is an ear-shaped lake in Yunnan province, China. You will drop in on local farmer families and be guided to see genuine lifestyle of local Bai ethnic people in beautiful fishing village.You will enjoy the local specialty Dariy Fan as your lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit the ancient city Dali. Walking on the stone pavement of foreign street to enjoy the exotic life-style from another living quarters. Free shopping and church in Bai style both might be good way for leisure. After tour is finished, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Dali.  

$128 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tie Dye Experience Tour in Dali

Welcome to Dali, Yunnan!In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel (within Dali Ancient Town ) and taken to the meeting point. (Sometimes Dali Ancient Town doesn't allow cars to go into small places, in that case, we will meet at meeting point.)Then drive to Xizhou, visit the Xizhou morning market where you can see all kinds of local food, and see Bai-style traditional architecture. Xizhou is famous for its Bai ethnic and folk culture and its old and well-preserved traditional courtyards. It is not only a historically famous city but also an ancient economic hub along the tea-horse road.Our next destination is Zhoucheng Village, which is called the “Hometown of Ethnic Bai Tie- Dye Culture” and take a look around a traditional Tie- Dye factory. All tie dye products are handmade with natural materials and dyes. Bai tie-dyeing is a century-old technique in China and can be separated in two steps, Tying and Dyeing. Bai ladies need a lot of skill and patience to shape the patterns and the results are different for each tie-dye product. Here you can see the whole process and even make your own tie dye product.After Lunch,  take a cruise on Erhai Lake towards Jinsuo Island – a small fishing village. From there you can enjoy the view of the green Cangshan Mountain Range and the Three Pagodas, as well as observe lots of birds flying over the lake. After that, the guide will take you back to Dali Ancient Town and end this journey.We wish you a fine trip to wherever you are off to next!

$116 Cultural & Theme Tours

Mountain and Cuisine Tour in Dali

Welcome to Dali, Yunnan!In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel (within Dali Ancient Town) and taken to the meeting point. (Sometimes Dali Ancient Town doesn't allow cars to go into small places, in that case, we will meet at meeting point.)We will take the cable car to Cangshan and walk on the high-altitude Yudai road. This road got its name from the clouds that float around the mountain like a ribbon. Cangshan is famous for its snow which never melts, even in the summer. It has nineteen peaks above 3500 meters, with Malong Peak being the tallest, with a towering 4122 meters altitude. From up the mountain a huge view of Erhai lake its surroundings will stretch out in from of your eyes.After lunch, we will drive to Xizhou and see Bai-style traditional architecture. Xizhou is famous for its Bai ethnic and folk culture and its old and well-preserved traditional courtyards. It is not only a historically famous city but also an ancient economic hub along the tea-horse road.Xizhou Baba is a local delicacy which in normal times you only can buy. But on this trip we will take you into a local folk house to make your own Baba. Xizhou baba is a baked pancake with a crispy crust and filled with two flavors: sweet or salty. The sweet one has rose sugar and brown sugar in it, the salty one is filled with meat. Afterwards we will take you back to Dali ancient town.We wish you a fine trip to wherever you are off to next!

$370 Transfers & Ground Transport

3-Day Dali & Lijiang Tour (Departure from Kunming)

Day 1: Departure from Kunming by night trainToday, you will go to the meeting point (hotel lobby of Jinjiang Hotel 昆明锦江大酒店) by yourself at 18:30pm. Your guide will explain some of the tour details, hands over the train tickets and of course answer any question you might have. Afterwards, you will walk to Kunming Train Station to catch the overnight train to Dali (softer sleeper). Day 2: Arrival in Dali, Xizhou, Zhoucheng (B/L)Welcome to Dali, Yunnan! In the early morning, you will be picked up from the train station. And after tasting a local breakfast, your driver will drive you to Xizhou, visit the Xizhou morning market, Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, and explore the Bai minority’s distinctive culture. Next, you will go to Zhoucheng Village, which is often called “Home of the Bai ethnic minority Tie- Dye culture” and experience the tie- dye culture first-hand.After Lunch, you will take a cruise on Erhai Lake to Jinsuo Island, a local cormorant fishing village. Enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain Range and the Three Pagodas from far as well as the many birds flying over the lake. After that, the guide will take you to check-in to your hotel and enjoy a free-time evening in the town.Day 3: Lijiang Black Dragon Pool, Dongba Museum Yuhu Village and Lijiang Ancient Town (B, L)After breakfast, your driver will take you to Lijiang. Your Lijiang tour guide will bring you to the Black Dragon Pool where you can enjoy a fantastic view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from afar then go to the Dongba Museum to explore Naxi minority culture. Afterwards your driver will bring you to Yuhu village, which is located in the southern valley with a full view of the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the museum dedicated to the life of Joseph Rock, an explorer and biologist who lived in the area in the early 20th century. You then have the opportunity to join a guided horse trek leading you along the mountain slopes. Afterwards your driver will bring you back to Lijiang Ancient Town where this tour will end. We wish you a fine trip to wherever you are off to next!

$128 Walking & Biking Tours

1-Day Electric Bike Tour in Dali

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Dali Ancient Town and taken to the meeting point.Then we will ride an electric bike to the charming small town Xizhou along the western scenery road. You can stop beside the road at any time to enjoy the beautiful and tranquil Erhai scenery. When we arrive in Xizhou, we will wander through the town and visit exquisitely well preserved old Bai-style traditional courtyards and feel in a different world as you explore the Bai minority’s distinctive culture. Xizhou is a small town with a long history, dating back thousands years, when it was an ancient economic hub along the tea-horse road.Xizhou Baba is a local delicacy which you can normally just buy on the local market. But on this trip, we will take you into a local folk house to make your own Baba. Xizhou baba is a baked pancake with a crispy crust and filled with one of two flavors: sweet or savory. The sweet one is made of sweet rose sugar and brown sugar, the savory one is filled with delicious salty meat. Afterwards we will ride back to Dali ancient town. Spend your time in the old town having a drink in one of Dali’s many cozy little bars or warmly decorated coffeeshops or strolling around its lively main streets where local young artists sell all kinds of beautiful handicrafts. Your journey will end here and we wish you a great trip to wherever you are off to next!

$118 Cultural & Theme Tours

1-Day Dali Baba Cooking and Cruise Tour

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Dali Ancient Town and taken to the meeting point. Then we will drive to Xizhou, and visit the morning market where locals dressed in traditional minority clothing sell and buy local fruits, freshly cut meat, piles of fragrant spices and anything else you can think of. Wander through the rest of town and visit exquisitely well preserved old Bai-style traditional courtyards and feel in a different world as you explore the Bai minority’s distinctive culture. Xizhou is a small town with a long history, dating back thousands years, when it was an ancient economic hub along the tea-horse road. Xizhou Baba is a local delicacy which you can normally just buy on the local market. But on this trip, we will take you into a local folk house to make your own Baba. Xizhou baba is a baked pancake with a crispy crust and filled with one of two flavors: sweet or savory. The sweet one is made of sweet rose sugar and brown sugar in it, the savory one is filled with delicious salty meat.Our next destination is Zhoucheng Village, which is called the “Hometown of Ethnic Bai Tie-Dye Culture” and take a look around a traditional Tie-Dye workshop. Don’t be fooled by the tie-dye we know in the west; the Bai people knot together true pieces of art that you would never have guessed to be tie-dyed. All tie-dye products are handmade with natural materials and dyes. Bai tie-dyeing is a century-old technique in China and can be separated in two steps, Tying and Dyeing. Bai ladies need a lot of skill and patience to shape the patterns and the results are different for each tie-dye product. Here you can see how grandmothers hand over this century old tradition to mothers and daughters and follow their process with your own eyes. Around noon, we will take a relaxing cruise on Erhai Lake towards Jinsuo Island – a small cormorant-bird fishing village. From there you can enjoy the majestic view of the green and clouded Cangshan Mountain Range looming over the Three Pagodas, as swarms of birds fly peacefully around you over the tranquil lake. After that, the guide will take you back to Dali Ancient Town. Spend your time in the old town having a drink in one of Dali’s many cozy little bars or warmly decorated coffeeshops or strolling around its lively main streets where local young artists sell all kinds of beautiful handicrafts. Your journey will end here and we wish you a great trip to wherever you are off to next!