Famous Landmarks in Dali
are considered the Name Card of Dali, like the Dali Ancient Town, Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas, etc. ancient and new. Come with TopChinaTravel, to witness and appreciate those famous Dali Landmarks.
Dali Ancient Town
Dali Ancient Town
is about 13km away from Xiaguan in Dali City and is one of Dali's Three Ancients-ancient city, ancient pagoda and ancient steles. History of Dali can be dates back to 1382 during the Ming Dynasty and it has been listed among the top historic cities of China.
The town's layout was uniform, with five main streets from south to north and eight main streets from east to west, while marketplaces were neatly arranged within the town, which has remained unchanged to this date.
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.
Since the lake has a shape of an ear, it gets the name Erhai (Ear Lake). It is ranked the second in Yunnan Province and the seventh freshwater lake in China by area and water storage. It is reputed as the pearl on plateau for its beautiful scenery.
Looked from Mt. Cangshan, the lake is just like a crescent lying between Mt. Cangshan and Dali City. In a sunny day, the crystal water of Erhai Lake and the snow mantled Mt. Cangshan radiate with each other forming a beautiful picture.
Recommended Tour: 4 Days Best Dali Tour
(Mt. Cangshan, Dali Ancient Town, Three Pagodas, Erhai Lake, Xizhou Bai's Houses)
Three Pagodas site is located about 1.5km north of Dali Ancient Town. They are standing at the east foot of the tenth peak of the massive Mt. Cangshan and facing the west shore of the Erhai Lake. Three Pagodas are made of brick and covered with white mud.
As its name implies, the Three Pagodas comprise three independent pagodas forming a symmetric triangle. The elegant, balanced and stately style is unique in China's ancient Buddhist architectures, which makes it a must-see in the tour of Dali. The Three Pagodas, visible from miles away, has been a landmark of Dali City and selected as a national treasure meriting preservation in China.
Mt. Cangshan's19 peaks extend 50km north to south in their column formation like a screen. The peaks, straight and magnificent, are overgrown with primeval forests, and 18 springs and streams filled with crystal-clear waters serpentine among them. Waterfalls and surging rivers emit thunderous roars. Malongfeng, the main peak, shoots up into the sky with its top clogged with dazzling snow all the year round. 'Clouds, Snow, Peaks and Streams' are four spectacular views of the Mountain.
Major Attractions in Mt.Cangshan: Pingyunnan Stele of Emperor Yuanshizu, Dehua Stele in Nanzhao, Cangshan, the Horse-washing Pond, The Dragon-eye Cave, Gantong Temple, the 7-dragon-girl Pool