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Dali has an old town lying within fortified walls with impressive gates. It is pleasant to stroll the clean pedestrian streets. Outside the walls, many horses and horse cariages are available for a ride. Backpackers appreciate this town for the relaxing atmosphere and the food, not the least being the copious banana pancakes, a rarity in China. Outside of the old town, the most remarkable structure are the Three Pagodas (San Ta Si), erected in the 9th century. However, the main attractions might consist of the surroundings, including the 4000m high Cang Shan mountains, and the beautiful Erhai lake, where you can watch the old art of cormorant fishing. Dali is in Yunnan, 370km west of Kunming and can be reached from there with a (short) overnight train ride.

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San Ta Si (Three pagodas) at sunrise, among the oldest standing structures in South West China. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Quianxun Pagoda, the tallest of the Three Pagodas has 16 tiers reaching a height of 70m. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) San Ta Si (Three pagodas) reflected in a lake, early morning. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Street activity in front of the West gate. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Wuhua Lou gate. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Fuxing Lu seen from the South Gate. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Old houses and Cang Shan mountains. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Fruits for sale on an old street. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Horse carriage near the North Gate. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Grain being dried on the street. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Bai woman eating from a bowl in front of carved wooden doors. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Spice vendor crushing red pepper. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Red peppers. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Grain being layed out on a country road (threshing). Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Woman sorts grain from hulls by pouring from a basket (winnowing). Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Cormorant fisherman sends out his birds. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Cormorant fisherman recovers a fish from the throat of one of his birds. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Aboard a cormorant fishing boat. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Cormorant fisherman regroups his birds at the end of fishing session. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Fisherman talks to his cormorants at the end of fishing session. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) San Ta Si (Three pagodas) at sunrise with Cang Shan mountains in the background. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) San Ta Si (Three pagodas) at sunrise with Cang Shan mountains in the background. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Quianxun Pagoda, the tallest of the Three Pagodas. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Chong-sheng Si, temple behind the Three Pagodas, reflected in a pond. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) One of the two 10-tiered pagodas flanking Quianxun Pagoda. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Detail of one of the two 10-tiered pagodas flanking Quianxun Pagoda. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Detail of Quianxun Pagoda. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Rural activity in a street close to the Three Pagodas. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) San Ta Si (Three pagodas) reflected in a lake, early morning. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Women wearing traditional Bai dress. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Women wearing traditional Bai dress. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Grain being dried on the street. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Woman in Bai dress showing drapes of traditional design. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) On one of the recently enlarged pedestrian streets. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Fuxing Lu seen from the South Gate. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) West gate with Cang Shan mountains in the background. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Detail of wooden house. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Horse carriage next to the North gate. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) House carriage in a street. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Boats on a pier of Erhai Lake. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Cormorant Fisherman gives orders to his  fishing birds. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Cormorant fisherman catches one of his birds to retrieve the fish it caught. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Cormorant fisherman feeds small fish to his birds as a prize for catching large fish. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Cormorant fisherman feeds small fish to his birds as a prize for catching large fish. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Fisherman holding a cormorant. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Fisherman and cormorant fishing birds. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Fisherman talks to his cormorant fishing birds. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Cormorant Fisherman in a boat with his fishing birds. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Woman sorts grain from hulls by pouring from a basket. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color) Grain layed out on a country road. Dali, Yunnan, China ( color)
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