Xiu Mountain

On September 1, 2011, in Dali, Kunming, Mountain Areas, Temples, by Jack Li

In Ming Dynasty Xiu Mountain in Tonghai with JinMa Mountain and Biji Mountain in Kunming, Cang Mountain in Dali is known as ‘the famous four mountains in Yunnan. And it has the reputation as ‘the Beauty of Yunnan’. In Han Dynasty, people began to develop Xiu Mountain. They built temple, pavilion, and garden. In Yuan, […]

In Ming Dynasty Xiu Mountain in Tonghai with JinMa Mountain and Biji Mountain in Kunming, Cang Mountain in Dali is known as ‘the famous four mountains in Yunnan. And it has the reputation as ‘the Beauty of Yunnan’. In Han Dynasty, people began to develop Xiu Mountain. They built temple, pavilion, and garden. In Yuan, Ming, Qing Dynasties, it became Buddhist resort. During the Republic, it was changed into park. Xiu Mountain is situated in the south of Tonghai County. After several rebuilt, Xiu Mountain Park is composed of Sanyuan Palace, Puguan Temple, Yuhuang Pavilion, Qingliang Platform, Wanshou Palace, Doutian Pavilion and Yonhjin Temple.

Puguang Temple was built in Yuan Dynasty. The construction of the front hall is the typical Mongolian building style. In the temple, there are two pagodas built in Yuan Dynasty in memory of the sacred monk Li Panfu. In the eastern house of the temple, there is the Wash Bowl Pool which was cut in the mountain rock. Above the pool, the spring from the crack of the mountain rock keeps dripping. It sounds like music.

The original name of Qingliang Platform is Qingliang Temple. It was built by Tie Niu monk who was very famous in Yuan Dynasty. After several repairs, it became what it looks like now. The terrain of the temple is very steep. As the temple is surrounded by trees and it is situated between mountain and lake, the cool breeze constantly blows.

Yongjin Temple is also known as Dading Temple. It is the tallest building in Xiu Mountain. As it looks like a golden lotus appeared on the mountain, it was called as Yongjin in Chinese. Its total area is over 6,000 square meters. The temple is vey magnificent. It could be divided into three parts. ‘Gubai Pavilion’ is in the middle. It is a wooden building with delicate designs. Mahavira Hall has the statue of Buddha which is very vivid. In front of the hall stand three monuments, separately situated in the east, west and north. The garden of the temple is also very beautiful. The cypresses planted in Song Dynasty, the cedars planted in Yuan Dynasty and Magnolia denudates planted in Ming Dynasty were called as ‘the three treasures of Xiu Mountain.

Xiu Mountain is not only has beautiful sceneries, but also has many famous products of writers and poets. The total number of the ancient stone tablets which carved literary works is over 200. These tablets are the good combinations of poems, paintings and calligraphy.

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Dali Travel Tips

On August 12, 2011, in Dali, More Cities, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Dali is located in a plateau with low latitude. The low latitude and high altitude form a kind of climate that has small year temperature difference and four non-distinctive seasons. It is neither too hot nor too cold in Dali and the temperature difference is very small all the year round. Because of the complicated […]

Dali is located in a plateau with low latitude. The low latitude and high altitude form a kind of climate that has small year temperature difference and four non-distinctive seasons. It is neither too hot nor too cold in Dali and the temperature difference is very small all the year round. Because of the complicated landform and the huge altitude difference, the vertical disparity of climate is quite prominent. The temerature rises with the drop of the altitude, while the rainfall increase with the rise of the altitude. The river valley is hot while the dam side is warm; the mountain area is cool while the alp is cold, presenting a distinct vertical climate.

Best time to visit Dali

There is a song says: March of Dali is full of amazing scenery. Therefore, it is quite appropriate to visit Dali Old City, climb Cangshan Mountain and visit Erhai Lake in spring. Dali has the low –latitude-plateau style monsoonal climate with non-disticitive seasonal variations and small year temperature difference. The yearly average temperture is 15 centi-degrees, without distinct severe winter or the intense heat of summer; it is like spring all the year round. The rainy season of Dali is from May to October. The temerature drops when moves towards the north part. Actually, the temperature drops dramatically after the rain at the end of summer, so there is a parlance among local people: a sudden shower turns the lingering heat into the brisk cool air of autumn. Accordingly, tourists who came to Dali at that time should bring several autumn clothes with them in case of catching a cold.

Matters need attention in Dali

You are suggested to live in Dali Old City when visit, then you can well experience leisure and freedom in Dali. There are many economical hostels for family travelling in Dali Old City, which are decorated with a special affective tone. Most of hostels have their own small yards, where you can bask in the sun, read books and have tea after lunch. In addition, there is wifi for surfing the internet. In a word, it is quite different from living in grand hotels and commercial hotels.

It is easy to find gift stores where you can pick up several special gifts for friends in Dali. In Dali Old City or Xiaguan, you can buy marble art works such as the four treasures in the study, flower pots, vases, lamps and lanterns that were made of natural marble.

The baizhu batik and bandhnu with ethinc flavor become prince favorite handicrafts. Tourists can see them here and there in Xiaguan and Dali Old City. Milk fan cakes in Dengchuan are so famous that every grocery and farmers’ market sells them. Xiaguan tuo tea looks like mushroom cap, always keeping constant flavor and unique aroma. Dali snow pears come from the east side of Erhai Lake, having snow-white and tender flesh. Jianchuan wood carvings were originally used to make furnitures, doors, windows and folding screens by folk craftmen. However, in recent years, new function has been found; small carvings have been made for tourists to carry away as gifts for their friends.

Tips: The Huguo Road in Dali Old City is a place tourists must pay a visit to, where assembles a variety of fabrics, art works and special local products from different minorities. Moreover, the numerous antique stores often make tourists feel theymselves have got unexpected gains.

How to get to Dali

By air

Dali Airport is located in the edge of Fengyi Town and Haidong County, 12 kilometers away from the urban area of Dali. There are airlines for Kunming, Xishuangbanna and Guangzhou in Dali Airport. You can take No 7 Bus at Xiaguan to Dali Airport. It takes 80 yuan by taxi. You can air tickets in grand hotels or travel agencies along Jianshe Road of Xiaguan.

By train

You can take train at Kunming to Dali; there are 8 different nonstop buses for Dali Old City beside the railway station. There are four trains from Kunming to Dali everyday. You can buy train tickets which are from Dali to other places in Yunnan Provinve at the ticket office at No 21 of Jianshe Road.

By bus

There are three long-distance bus stations in Xiaguan, which are all built at Jianshe Road. Besides, tourists can buy tickets to Lijiang River and Zhongdian in wine bars, travel agencies or restaurants on Huguo Road and Jianshe Road. Dali main bus station is the biggest one in Dali, located at N0 21 in Jianshe Road ( the opposite of Minsheng Shopping Square); most of fast buses set out here.

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Dali Old City

On August 12, 2011, in Ancient Houses & Courtyards, Dali, More Cities, by Jack Li

Dali Old City is called Yeyu for short; the altenate name is Zi City. The present Dali Old City was bulit in the 15th year of Hongwu Emperor’s region in Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1382). Dali Old City has a cover of twelve miles; the city wall is 8.34 meters tall and 6.66 meters thick. There […]

Dali Old City is called Yeyu for short; the altenate name is Zi City. The present Dali Old City was bulit in the 15th year of Hongwu Emperor’s region in Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1382). Dali Old City has a cover of twelve miles; the city wall is 8.34 meters tall and 6.66 meters thick. There built a gate in each direction and a gate tower stand above the gate; there are also turrets at four angles. At the preliminary stage of liberation, all city walls were torn down.

In 1982, the south gate was rebuilt and it was Guo Moruo who wrote the two words “Da Li”on the head of the gate. Going to the town through the south gate, you can see Fuxing Road that has a direct connection with the north gate. Nowadays, Fuxing Road has become a prosperous downtown street with various stores that sell marbles, folk art works, jewels and jades. Old houses along the street can still show styles and features in the past; you can see prosperous trees and flowers and hear the twitter of birds in the yard, as well as the murmuring of running water outside.

The scene of “three families have a well and one family has several pots of flowers” still exists today. Huguo Road trends from east to west, being called “foreigner’s street”. Numerous restaurants, cafes, tea houses and artcraft shops have been set up in the street and most of the signboards and advertisements were written in foreign languages. This special street has attracted a great number of foreigners with blond hair and blue eyes to linger around and find ancient charm of the eastern town.

The road of Dali Old City has kept the chessboard type structure since Ming Dynasty and it was called “nine streets and eighteen lanes”. The two city towers that stand facing each other in the north and south have been renovated.

There is a main street traverses in Dali Old City, arranged in a crisscross pattern with other streets and lanes. The uniform grey tiles and walls piled up by cobblestones show the primitive simplicity of Dali.

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Erhai Lake

On August 12, 2011, in Dali, Lakes, More Cities, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake, mountains are around waters. One of the 4 famous attractions “Wind Flower Snow and Moon”, “Erhai Moon” locates in the Erhai Lake. It is said that it is called “Erhai Lake” because its shape is like an ear. Erhai has high water quality, rich in aquatic product and it is […]

Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake, mountains are around waters. One of the 4 famous attractions “Wind Flower Snow and Moon”, “Erhai Moon” locates in the Erhai Lake. It is said that it is called “Erhai Lake” because its shape is like an ear. Erhai has high water quality, rich in aquatic product and it is also a beautiful scenic site.

The view of Erhai Lake is changeable with time and colorful. In the morning, the lake is covered by mist, vast and hazy. When the sun rises, the veil is revealed and the true beauty appears. As the sun rises, shining upon the lake, the surface is swept in motion, with fishing boats setting sail. In the sunset glow, fishing boats come back with songs. In the moonlight, the lake is tranquil with light wind, moonlight shining upon the lake while light waves pounding on the banks. “Erhai Moonlight” is one of the four fantastic sights “Shangguan Wind, Xiaguan Flower, Cangshan Snow and Erhai Moon. What is more fantastic is that the strong wind from Shangguan will blow the waters of West Erhai Lake back forward, which appears that West Erhai Lake flows into Erhai.

Erhai Lake belongs to down faulted lake. The water is clear with high transparency. The lake has been called “the spotless jade in the mountains”. Legend has that there is a huge jade cabbage at the bottom of the lake and the clear water is the juice pouring out from the center of the jade cabbage.

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Cangshan Mountain

On August 12, 2011, in Dali, More Cities, Mountain Areas, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Cangshan Mountain also named Diancang Mountain is the main peak of the southern part of Yunling Mountain. It consists of 19 mountains from north to south. East to Erhai Lake, west to Heihui River, north to Deng Mountain of Eryuan and south to Tiansheng Bridge fo Xiaguan, Cangshan Mountain is 50 kilometers long, standing along […]

Cangshan Mountain also named Diancang Mountain is the main peak of the southern part of Yunling Mountain. It consists of 19 mountains from north to south. East to Erhai Lake, west to Heihui River, north to Deng Mountain of Eryuan and south to Tiansheng Bridge fo Xiaguan, Cangshan Mountain is 50 kilometers long, standing along the west bank of Erhai Lake like a green screen.

Never melting Cangshan Snow is a number of the will-known attraction “Wind, Flower, Snow and Moon,” as well as a tremendous sight of Cangshan Mountain. In winter, the mountains are covered with white snow; in sunny March, the parts above snow line are still silvery white. The snow of the highest peak, Malong Mountain never melts all around the year. In the midsummer, the parts below the mountain side are verdant while the top is still covered by white snow.

The cloudscape of Cangshan Mountain is always changing a lot, the most famous of which are “Wangfu Cloud” and “Jade Belt Cloud”. Wangfu Cloud often appears on the top of Yuju Mountain in spring or winter. As soon as the cloud appears, a heavy gale would come on to blow on Erhai Lake, as well as frightful billows and terrible waves. As a result, fishmen could not go to sea; therefore, Wangfu Cloud is also called “Wudu Cloud”. Jade Belt Cloud is not only beautiful, but also is regarded as omen of harvest according to farmer’s saying of Baizhu: “Changshan Mountain is attached to jade belt, and then hungry dogs have rice to eat.”

Expense budget

  1. You can take the cable car to go up at the foot of mountain, which takes 35 yuan for a round trip. The cable car would stop at Zhonghe Temple, and then you climb the mountain on foot.
  2. If you are in a leisurely and carefree mood and want to go up slowly, you can rent a horse in the old town, which takes about 80 yuan.

Special instruction

The jade belt wandering Road in the eastern mountainside of Cangshan Mountain is a tourist route specially opened up for visiting Cangshan Mountain. Go along the mountain side, you can visit sights such as Gantong Temple and Qingbi Brook.

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Dali

On August 11, 2011, in Dali, Ethnic Group Flavors, Must-sees, by Jack Li

The full name of Dali is Dali Bai nationality autonomous prefecture, a member of the first group of 24 history and culture cities. It has a long historical standing and wins the title of “Literate City”. The landscape of Dali is beautiful. Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake are national natural reserves and Dali is one […]

The full name of Dali is Dali Bai nationality autonomous prefecture, a member of the first group of 24 history and culture cities. It has a long historical standing and wins the title of “Literate City”. The landscape of Dali is beautiful. Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake are national natural reserves and Dali is one of the 44 famous scenic sites. If you are interested in reading Chinese Kung fu novels, you will be familiar with Dali, which is a famous background.

Dali is located in the west to the center of Yunnan Province, east to Chunxiong prefecture, south to Puer and Lincang, west to Baoshan and Nujiang River, north to Lijiang. Dali is 330 kilometers away from Kunming, the provincial capital of Yunnan. You can take a direct bus or take the flight to Kunming, Xishuangbanna or Guangzhou. From Kunming to Dali, you can also take a train.

Dali is one of the earliest places of cultural origin of Yunnan, an ancient city with thousands of years’ history. During about 500 years of Dang and Song dynasties, Dali has been the political, economic and cultural center of Yunnan. Dali scenic site mainly includes Dali Old City, Cangshan Mountain, Erhai Lake and the attractions of Bai nationality: Cangshan Mountain, with 19 mountains and 18 creeks, is filled with tremendous attraction everywhere, especially for the most beautiful Qingbi Creek. Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake, mountains around waters, Erhai Lake is like “the spotless jade in the mountains”. There are also famous attractions like the Three Pagodas, the symbol of Dali, Butterfly Spring, the symbol of pure love and the Bright Moon of Erhai Lake.

Dali Attractions

Cangshan Mountain

Erhai Lake

Dali Ancient City

Butterfly Spring

Dali Story

1. Three Cups of Tea

In Dali, the Three Cups of Tea used to be the customs of Bai nationality to receive honored guests, but now it is mostly used for folk performance. The first cup of tea, called “the tea of plain” means that we should endure hardships as an individual person. The second cup of tea, “the tea of sweet”, when guests finish the first cup, the hosts will make another cup of tea with brown sugar and other ingredients until the cup is 80% full. The third cup, named “tea of aftertaste”, the method of making this cup of tea is the same with others, but the ingredients are changed into honey, vicianose, a few pepper and walnut kernel and the cup is about 60% or 70% full. The making process is quite complicated, so now the common custom is drinking three cups of tea one by one without making them with different ingredients on site. This is why we can hardly feel the plain, sweet and aftertaste.

2. Wind Flower Snow and Moon

Wind Flower Snow and Moon originally refers the natural beautiful scenery written in the poems, but later it refers to the poems which are full of flowery words but no essence, as well as love affair or leading an indulging life. This idiom, carrying both positive and negative meanings, originates from classical allusion of Dali.

It is said that the most famous view is called “Wind Flower Snow and Moon”. The Wind is “Xiaguan Wind”. The legend has that Kwan-yin break the bottle of wind on the Tiansheng Bridge in Xiaguan, so wind here is strong and extremely chilling in winter. The Flower is “Shangguan Flower. It is sail Shangguan is abound in strange saronger and later the “Flower” is referred to the girls of Shangguan. The people in Shangguan mostly are of Bai nationality and their costumes are gorgeous, like beautiful flowers. The Snow is “Cangshan Snow”. The snow in winter will cover the Peak of Cangshan Mountain. Even though it is sunny, the silvery white will not disappear. The Moon is “Erhai Moon”. During nightfall, the golden full moon casts light on the lake, with the fishing boats floating lightly, quite gentle and fragrant. All the times, people of Dali feel proud while mentioning the “Wind Flower Snow and Moon.”

3. Baked Pork

Baked Pork is a unique lifestyle to eat pork of people of Bai nationality in Dali and Eryuan area. People of Bai nationality will eat pork at every festival or at weddings or funerals. The way they butchering and cooking pigs is quite unique. After butchering the pig, they will bake them with straw. One person fanning to make the fire stronger while the other stirs the straw continually with two sticks to make the fire bake the pig to burned black. Then they wash it with well water and use a knife to scrape off the black part. The pig will appear golden yellow and gives off a pleasant smell. Finally they cut open the pig and cut it into several pieces for future cook. This is the “Baked Pork” of people of Bai nationality. It is quite pleasant to taste with no fishy smell of pork.

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Check for Hundreds of China Vacation Packages

On November 2, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Dali, Shanghai, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

When you just come to China for a wonderful China Tours, you must go to the Southern China. It is very worthy for people to relax and enjoy. Book a China Flight to visit Wuzhen, Dali and Fuzhou city. Wuzhen Wuzhen is a historic scenic town, part of Tongxiang, in northern Zhejiang Province, China. It lies within the triangle […]

When you just come to China for a wonderful China Tours, you must go to the Southern China. It is very worthy for people to relax and enjoy. Book a China Flight to visit Wuzhen, Dali and Fuzhou city.

Wuzhen

Wuzhen is a historic scenic town, part of Tongxiang, in northern Zhejiang Province, China. It lies within the triangle formed by Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai. Wuzhen’s area is 46.5 square kilometers. Its total population is 60,000 of which 12,000 permanent residents.

Visitors may enjoy the demonstration in the traditional workshops district of such famous traditional crafts as the printing and dyeing of blue printed fabrics, the primitive technique of cloth shoes and tobacco-planing, and operate the machines yourself to get an idea of how the original work was carried out over 200 years ago.

One may also walk amongst the picturesque moss-covered streets and walls, the houses decorated with exquisitely-carved wooden and stone doors and windows, and the leisurely and quiet life of the local people in the district of traditional local-styled dwelling houses. Sink into the atmosphere of traditional culture, have a cup of chrysanthemum tea and relax by bargaining on various kinds of handicrafts and local products.

Fuzhou

Fuzhou is the capital and the largest municipality of Fujian (福建) province, People’s Republic of China.The city is also referred to as Rongcheng which means “city of banyan trees”. Along with the many counties of Ningde, those of Fuzhou are considered to constitute the Mindong linguistic and cultural area. Fuzhou’s core counties lie on the north (or left) bank of the estuary of Fujian’s largest river, the Min River. All along its northern border lies Ningde, and Ningde’s Gutian County lies upriver.

Fuzhou is located in the northeast coast of Fujian province, in the opposite of North Taiwan, connects jointly northwards with Ningde and Nanping, southwards with Quanzhou and Putian, westwards with Sanming respectively. Fuzhou has a humid subtropical climate influenced by the East Asian Monsoon; the summers are long, very hot and humid, the winters are short, mild and dry. In most years torrential rain occurs during the monsoon in the second half of May. Fuzhou is also liable to typhoons in late summer and early autumn.

Dali

Dali is located on a fertile plateau between the Cangshan mountains to the west and Erhai lake to the east. It has traditionally been settled by the Bai and Yi minorities. It is also the capital of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture.

Yunnan has sufficient rainfall and many rivers and lakes. The annual water flow originating in the province is 200 cubic kilometers, three times that of the Yellow River. The rivers flowing into the province from outside add 160 cubic kilometers, which means there are more than ten thousand cubic meters of water for each person in the province. This is four times the average in the country. The rich water resources offer abundant hydro-energy. China is constructing a series of dams on the Mekong to develop it as a waterway and source of power; the first was completed at Manwan in 1993.

It is really wonderful to visit these cities as a package for your personal.  Visit chinatraveldepot.com for more information for your China Tours.
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China Eyewitness Travel Guide III: Da Li

On October 27, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Dali, More Cities, by Jack Li

When you just come to China for a wonderful China Tours, you must go to the Southern China. It is very worthy for people to relax and enjoy. Book a China Flight to visit YunnanProvince, and spend your vocation in Da Li. Dali is located on a fertile plateau between the Cangshan mountains to the west and Erhai lake […]

When you just come to China for a wonderful China Tours, you must go to the Southern China. It is very worthy for people to relax and enjoy. Book a China Flight to visit YunnanProvince, and spend your vocation in Da Li.

Dali is located on a fertile plateau between the Cangshan mountains to the west and Erhai lake to the east. It has traditionally been settled by the Bai and Yi minorities. It is also the capital of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture.

Dali is the ancient capital of both the Bai kingdom Nanzhao, which flourished in the area during the 8th and 9th centuries, and the Kingdom of Dali, which reigned from 937-1253. Dali was also the center of the Panthay Rebellion from 1856-1863. Dali is also famous for the many types of marble it produces, which are used primarily in construction and for decorative objects. In fact, Dali is so famous for the stone that the name of marble in Chinese is literally “Dali Stone”. Dali is now a major tourist destination, along with Lijiang, for both domestic and international tourists.

Dali and Yunnan’s capital Kunming are only a 40-minute flight apart. Dali’s newly finished administrative district that houses the newly opened Dali International Convention Center is in Longshan District. The Dali government’s urban planning keeps its old and new districts separate, so those coming here for the first time often feel they have entered a time tunnel. The “new city” is known as Xiaguan and is south of the old city. The old city was built during Ming Dynasty emperor Hongwu’s reign (1368–1398). Owing to the distance between them, the old city is still peaceful and quiet.

Dali is one of Yunnan’s most popular tourist destinations, both for its historic sites and the “Foreigners’ Street” that features western-style food, music, and English-speaking business owners, making it popular among both western and Chinese tourists.

Yunnan not only has more plant species of tropical, subtropical, temperate, and frozen zones than any other province in the country, but also has many ancient, endemic plants, as well as species introduced from foreign countries. Among the 30,000 species of plants in China, 18,000 can be found in Yunnan. Yunnan is also home to a variety of animal species, most notably the Southeast Asian gaur, a giant forest-dwelling ox, the tiger, and the Asian Elephant. Some already disappeared and are most likely extinct, like the Yunnan Box Turtle and the Yunnan Lar Gibbon.

A main source of wealth lies in its vast mineral resources and mining is the leading industry in Yunnan.. Yunnan has proven deposits of 86 kinds of minerals in 2,700 places. Some 13% of the proved deposits of minerals are the largest of their kind in China, and two-thirds of the deposits are among the largest of their kind in the Yangtze River valley and in south China. Yunnan ranks first in the country in deposits of zinc, lead, tin, cadmium, indium, thallium, and crocidolite.

Yunnan has sufficient rainfall and many rivers and lakes. The annual water flow originating in the province is 200 cubic kilometers, three times that of the Yellow River. The rivers flowing into the province from outside add 160 cubic kilometers, which means there are more than ten thousand cubic meters of water for each person in the province. This is four times the average in the country. The rich water resources offer abundant hydro-energy. China is constructing a series of dams on the Mekong to develop it as a waterway and source of power; the first was completed at Manwan in 1993.

It is really wonderful to visit Dali in any season of the year. Visit chinatraveldepot.com for more information for your China Tours.

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