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Dali is a major tourist destination for its long history with numerous heritages and various local folk customs with multi-ethnic groups. Here is a list of top ten things to do in Dali.

Top 10 Things to do in Dali

1. Dali Ancient City
The ancient city has been among the top listed historical cities of China since 1982. Besides, it is famous for its traditional Bai ethnic minority folk houses.

2. Erhai Lake
You should not miss the rare beauty of the lake and its surrounding scenery. Among them, the most unforgettable attraction is Xiaoputuo Dao, originally devoted to Bodhisattva Kwan-yin.

3. Mt. Cangshan
Cangshan Mountain enjoys great reputation for its snow, clouds, springs and marble. It is advised to rent a horse in the nearby town, thus, you can have a special view on the mountain.

4. Three Pagodas
As its name implies, Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle, which is unique in China. It is a must-see in Dali City.

5. Yan's Compound
After visiting this impressive compound, you will ameliorate the admiration for its magnificence and the Bai people's architectural gifts.

6.  Stewed Carp Casserole
It is a rich and main course in Dali with 28 different ingredients and numerous seasonings.

7.  Steamed Chicken
A traditional Yunnan dish with tender chicken and various traditional Chinese herbs steamed in a pot.

8.  Embroidery
With a history of thousands of years, Embroidery in Dali has its unique features; picture on both sides of these exquisite double-faced pieces appears flawless, countless different designs and qualities and the most precious and expensive pieces feature different colors on each side.

9.  Tea
Yunnan tea is one of the world’s finest tea, and the history can date back to 1,700 years ago actually. Green tea, jade green tea, mixed tea, Xuanchun tea, Hongbao and Yinzhen tea are all available.

10.  Foreigner Street
Foreigner Street in Dali Ancient City,home to the Bai ethnic minority group, offers many shops selling local specialties and handicrafts in Bai characteristics, such as traditional Dali tie-dye, dried green plums food etc.