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The name of Dali is originated from that of a local regime in history called Kingdom Dali, meaning a state of great order. Many of the architectures of the city were built of marble from the ore nearby, and that is why it is also called a city of Dali Stone (marble). Both Chinese writing and pronunciation of 'great order' and 'marble' are the same. Marble buildings, marble streets, marble wall foundations and marble wells make the city so bright and limpid as if it is a tranquil fairyland. Each family loves door carving and wall-decoration; Dali is a famous historical city in china, Bai peoples tie-dye cloth making skill has been listed to the national heritage list. The main minority of Dali is Bai, which has population around 1.8 million.

Destination: Dali Old Town, Shuanglang Village, Three course tea wth Bai folk dancing, zhoucheng Tie-dye Museum
Distance: 200 Kilometers
Duration: 9 hours
Transportation: Vehicle
Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year
Price List

Pax Price (RMB/person) Remarks
1  1800  
2  1100  
3-5  960  
6-9  900  

The Ancient City of Dali is widely known and it was the capital city of the ancient Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms which can be dates back 1300 years ago. In this tour, travelers will visit the Dali Old Town, Shuanglang Village, experience the three course tea with Bai folk dancing, Bai tie-dye museum.
Dali Old Town
08:00 Start this tour and drive to Dali from the Lijiang-Dali highway.
10:30 Visit Dali Old Town.
12:00 Lunch time
13:00 Drive to Zhoucheng village and experience the china heritage culture-Bai tiedye, visit the Bai tiedye Museum.
14:30 Three course tea and folk dancing of Bai people, visit Bai's mansion, learn about the Bai architecure.
15:00 Hiking at Shuanglang village, enjoying the mountain and lake view of Dali.
16:30 Back to Lijiang
18:30 Arrive at the hotel you stay.

Three course tea, which is a famous tea ceremony in Bai people's life, nowadays accompanied by dancing girls and music. The three-course tea actually dates back to the Tang dynasty (1000 years ago), when the Nanzhao and Dali kings used to offer it to their important guests. The first cup is a bitter tea, the second is sweet, and the third has a strong aftertaste. The first bitter cup is made from roasted tea. This is supposed to represent the hardships of life that one must endure before one can attain happier times. It is also called ‘one hundred struggles tea’ or ‘hardship tea’. The second cup contains pieces of walnut, brown sugar, and some rushan. The sweet flavour reminds the drinker of the good times in life. Honey, ginger, pepper and cinnamon are added to the third cup, which therefore has an interesting tangy flavour which lingers in the mouth. The thought behind this cup is that one should look back over one's actions and consider which have been good and which bad. Rushan is made by warming fresh cow's milk

Bai's Mansion 
Bai folk dancing in the three course tea ceremony
three course tea of Bai people

Tie-dye , called"Valerian dye pattern , commonly known as"Zhahua", Is an ancient printing crafts in Dali, now it has been listed to the national heritage list of China.
Product use cotton , silk , cotton and other natural fibers as raw materials for the textile homespun folk billet, mainly indigo dye solution from natural plants growing on the hills very few blue , Radix, mugwort , etc., especially Radix . Pigments for dyeing extracts from natural plant roots , stems , leaves and bark . Its process can be divided into the design, the onyx , bar joints, dip, stitches, rinsing , the whole inspection and so on. Drawn generally common animal and plant images , landscapes and flowers , blue and white flowers. Its natural texture , color green , the image of elegance , drawing vivid, elegant style . And soft and comfortable next to the skin . Dali 's tie-dye poured artistic ingenuity folk artists in the production process , every piece of tie-dye product is a vivid artwork . Especially Dali ZhouCheng production tie-dye cloth and other tie-dyed cloth on the pattern is very different , and more generally of tie-dye pattern with irregular patterns, and other simple geometric composition, while ZhouCheng tie-dye pattern is drawn flora and fauna in the common image, such as bees , butterflies, plum blossom, birds, insects and mythological figures , beasts and so on. Blue and white pattern of a natural halo pattern, emerald green inner tube , dignified and elegant, vivid, layout fullness. Rigorous composition , mostly II party , party store sequential patterns in color , ZhouCheng more colorful than the usual tie-dyed tie-dye , rich and varied, more wash more clear , bright .


Shuanglang village locates at the north east side of Dali City, it is the provincial historical old town of Yunnan and the No. 1 scenic site of Dali. It covers an area of 218.28 square kilometers with population of 1,7570. Among all of them, the Bai people takes up 84.6%. 3 side of the land connects with mountain and 1 side connects with Erhai lake, it has the best lake and mountain view in Dali City.
Shuanglang Village

Shuanglang village and island

Erhai Lake

Shuanglang village

Package includes:

A private air-conditioned car, an experienced licensed driver, lunch, entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary;a local experienced English-speaking guide and travel Agencies Liability Insurance and some bottle waters.

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