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Off-the-beaten rural Dali of Yunnan
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This is a very off-the-beaten path and relaxing tour of Dali, southwest part of China - to stay and relax in three distinctive villages and have the chance to explore, research, and interact with the rich local culture in a more intimate and in-depth way.

Although Dali is one of the most popular spots for independent travelers, many tourists either bypass it to Lijiang or give it 1-2 days before heading to Lijiang & Shangri-La. Chinese tourists tend to stay in nearby Xiaguan Town and visit the old town of Dali and surrounding areas in daytime. So the suburbs of Dali becomes thankfully quiet, especially in the mornings and evenings.

Dali actually deserves at least a week or two to discover the local architecture, minority cultures (mostly Bai but also with many Yi and Hui) and custom and simply to relax. With the beautiful Cangshan Mountains a short distance to the west of Dali Old Town and Erhai Lake a few kiometres to the east, it has a perfect natural setting. The climate is temperate with moderate summers and mild winters, though it can get rather windy in autumn and winter.

You are going to stay in three distinctive and pristine villages outside the old town of Dali, which allow you to focus on the deeper aspects of the ethnic traditions and enjoy unimpeded interaction with local villagers and their customs: Eryuan, a wetland and lake side village with least visitors; Taoyuan, paddy field and boutique resort where your room facing the tranquil Erhai lake; and Xizhou, a little township with rich culture and architecture.

You are going to stay in family run hotels in both Eryuan & Xizhou and eat local dishes cooked by the hosts, a very special opportunity to learn the local cuisine as well as the warmth of the local Bai people.
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CCC does not presently offer regular set excursions to this destination. However we are happy to help you plan a private tour. Please click the tab "Custom Itinerary" to check prices and propose a date and your own group.

About Yunnan
Yunnan, which literally means south of the cloud, lies just south of the lofty Tibet – Qinghai plateaus in South West China.  The diverse landscape ranges from low-lying land, teeming with unusual flowers and plants, to snow – capped mountains.  The 6 day tour will take you from the Ancient Town of Lijiang and the Tiger Leaping Gorge in the north to the lush tropical beauty of Xishuangbanna in the South.  Here, on the border of Myanmar you will find a variety of ethnic villages.

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