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    Electric bus around pagodas

    by xaver Written Oct 12, 2007

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    electric bus

    To go to the three Pagodas you can take bus number 19 from the old town and it stops right in front of the entrance.
    Once inside, you can walk up to the pagodas and then to the temple like I did, or you could be more clever than me and take an electric bus that takes you up to the temple(it's more than 30 minuts walk) and then you can come down walking and take all the pictures that you want.

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    Bus

    by xaver Written Oct 12, 2007

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    bus

    I came from Kunming to Dali by bus.There are many, I took the express one which took about 4 hours and was satisfied.In the bus there is an english speaking hostess, you get water for the trip and there is a half hour stop on the road.
    The price is about 16 euro and usually there is a shuttle that comes to pick you up to the hotel and takes you to the long distance bus station.

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    Alrededor del Lago Er Hai/ Around the Er Hai Lake

    by elpariente Written Apr 12, 2008

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    La visita de alrededor del lago Er Hai (oreja) es muy interesante ya que se puede ver la vida de los campesinos que trabajan sus tierras, los pueblos alrededor del lago con sus mercados, casas, la gente ...
    Tuvimos que negociar con Quing que era el conductor, el guía, el propietario coche ..., así que nosotros dos y una chica muy agradable , de Calfornia nos fuimos a visitar a visitar el lago y los pueblos de alrededor .
    El grupo fue muy agradable e y hicimos interesantes visitas a una aldea que se llama Zhou Xi, una fábrica de batiks y otros pueblos en alrededor del río, con gente agradable y un buen sitio para comer.
    Cruzamos la última parte del lago en barco y Quing lo hizo por carretera, mientras tanto, así que nos recogió cuando llegamos . Esta parte no es lo mejor del día , ya que nos cobraron mucho por el barco
    Hemos empezado a las 8h 30m y volvimos a 18h y el precio por dos personas fue : Taxi y guía 150 Yuan, comida 25 Yuan y el barco 70 Yuan
    Si quieres contactar con el guía , pregunta por Quin en el Jim´s Tibetan guesthouse

    The visit around the Er Hai ( Ear ) lake is very interesting as you may see the life of the peasants that are working their lands , the villages around the lake with their markets , houses , people...
    We negociated with Quing that was the driver , the guide , the car owner ..., and he took both of us an another very nice Calfornia traveler to visit the lake and its villages around.
    We enjoyed the group and we did interesting visits to a village named Xi Zhou , a batiks factory and other villages around the river , with nice people and a good place where we had a nice meal .
    We crossed the last part of the lake by boat and Quing did the road in the meantime and he picked up to us . This part was not the best of the day as they charged us a lot for the boat
    We left at 8h 30m and we returned at 18h and the price per person it was : Taxi and guide 150 Yuan , meal 25 Yuan and boat 70 Yuan
    If you want to contact with the guide ask for Quin in the Jim´s Tibetan house

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    Luxurious bus to Dali

    by hooiluangoh Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    If you can love smoking and spitting on the bus, then purchase this ticket for a low 65 yuan. If you can't do those, then this luxurious big bus (45 seaters) may be what you want for 105 yuan.

    The journey takes about 7 hours from Kunming to Dali terminal, from which you take a public bus for 1 yuan (sorry forgot the bus route number, but you can ask the bus attendant) into Dali Old Town.

    The bus has an built-in toilet but also makes 2 brief stops on the way for you to buy some snacks. Bottled mineral water is provided in the beginning of the journey by the attendant, who accompanies the travellers all the way.

    The 7-hour journey is mainly due to one part of the highway is under construction. Hence the bus has to take the old windy scenic road for about 4 hours. Otherwise the journey should have been about 4.5 hours.

    Will update the tel number for enquiry later....

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    Bus to Dali/Lijiang

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 7, 2008

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    The bus for Dali leaves from the bus station near the train station in Kunming. Despite the sign saying that it went to Dali (which I checked the Chinese characters in my Lonely Planet against) and not Dali City, the bus only went to Dali City and I had to get another bus the short distance to Dali itself. The main bus cost RMB84 and took around 5 hours. Along the way, you'll pass by villages with white-washed houses right up against the motorway with painted signs and pictures saying "Dinosaur Valley" as it was in this region that many complete dinosaur skeletons have been found (which can be seen in the Kunming City Museum).

    To get to Lijiang, I booked a ticket through a travel agent guy on Boai Lu where I also hired a bike from to explore the area. It saved me walking to the West Gate where I understand some buses depart for Lijiang. The journey is very scenic as it takes you over hills and past some small villages along the way. The bus cost RMB40 and took about 3 hours.

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    Sleeper train from Dali to Kunming

    by stmlnyc Written Feb 11, 2004

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    Upper bunk of sleeper train

    The sleeper train from Dali to Kunming wasn't too bad. Clean facilities with attendants providing hot water for instant noodles.

    The lower bunk costs slightly more. Either way, don't expect much privacy.

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    From the new Dali bus station to old Dali

    by melosh Written Jan 11, 2009

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    Even though we arrived in Dali with my Mandarin speaking son, the taxi drivers seems united in asking for a taxi fare about three times the amount indicated in the guide books to take us from new Dali to old Dali. My son who had visited Dali previously and thought that even the guide book price was high, was not going to accept this special price, so we just jumped on the local bus stopped at the corner across from exit from the bus station. Even with each of us paying a fare, we saved about 90%. The last stop was old Dali.

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    Mini buses

    by Ines28 Written Jul 21, 2004

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    Most of the guest houses in Dali can arrange for transportation by bus to e.g. Lijiang or Kunming. It is very comfortable as you are being picked up at the guesthouse at the arranged time. We paid around 60 RMB p.p. for the trip to Lijiang.

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    Sleeper Train to Dali

    by hooiluangoh Updated Dec 29, 2003

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    The train departs at about 11:45pm from Kunming and arrives at about 8:30am. The timing is just right. This train does not have a restaurant. Food is sold on a trolley instead.

    When you arrive at the station, just catch the big public bus outside (route no. 8 I think) which goes to the old town (Gu Cheng). There are many people trying to sell you tour packages. Ignore them.

    Train cost: about 60 - 70 yuan, depending on the bunk you get (lower/middle/upper). If you buy the ticket from an agent, then there will be an additional RMB 5 commission charge per ticket.

    I took a hard sleeper. 6 to a compartment. A 2.5 feet 1-inch foam bed. The downside is your neighbour may be a smoker and has smelly feet. And your bunk may be too close to the foul-smelling toilet for comfort.

    Other choices include: soft sleeper which costs about 136 yuan. 4 to a compartment. Thick mattress.

    There are also other departure times. Enquire before you decide.

    You may want to take note that there are 2 types of trains: the public train and the charter train. The public train has soft sleeper. The charter does not. The public train is newer, and has a double deck hard sleeper. The charter is old and lousy, and has only triple-deck hard sleeper. The train station only sells public train tickets. The agents sell both. And agents can give you discounts, which the train station can't.

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    Taxi

    by raraavis Written Jun 27, 2006

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    It seems like wherever you go by taxi in Dali, it always costs 10 RMB. I suppose if someone charges you more than that, you are being swindled or maybe I was swindled.

    Beware of taxi drivers who tell you some sites are not interesting or the entrance fee is too much and offer to take you to other places. All the major sites in Dali are worth seeing for their fees.

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    Bike hire

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 7, 2008

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    I hired a bike from a travel agent type place on Bo Ai Lu to get around a few of the sights outside the old town. I cycled out of the old town past markets and local shops in the Old Town to the Three Pagodas and back again in order to get the chairlift up to Zhonghe Temple and to go off the beaten track to Hongsheng Temple (where the other pagoda is). The bike cost me RMB20 for the day.

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    De/From Dali a/to Lijiang

    by elpariente Written Apr 13, 2008

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    Para ir de Dali a Lijiang fuimos en un autobús que va la primera parte por autopista , pero luego sigue por una carretara normal que va ascendiendo por unos paisajes muy bonitos .
    A pesar de que el autobús entró en más de cinco gasolineras a buscar combustible sin éxito y de que encontramos un accidente en la carretera que nos retrasó un poco llegamos a Lijiang a las 15h y habíamos salido a las 9h
    Nos costó 40 Yuan

    To go from Dali to Lijiang we went by bus that goes the first part by highway, but then follows by a normal road with beautiful landscapes.
    Despite the bus entered into more than five gas stations to seek fuel without success and found an accident on the highway that delayed us a bit we arrived to Lijiang ast 15h and we had left at 9 am
    It cost us 40 Yuan

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    Horse Drawn Carriages

    by raraavis Written Jun 27, 2006

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    We left Chongshen Temple/Three Pagodas and took a horse drawn carriage to Er Hai, then back to Old City. It costed 30 RMB.

    It was fun watching the driver manuver his horse along with motor traffic. I especially enjoyed the ride to Er Hai. We passed by farm lands and rice fields. You can see the locals working in their fields, old women carrying dried branches on their backs, old men squatting along the road watching people go by.

    There were a whole bunch of flies hovering around and on us the whole time.

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    Contrastes / Contrast

    by elpariente Written Apr 13, 2008

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    China no deja de ser un pais de contrastes donde se pueden ver grandes autopistas , puentes modernos... y por otro lado , especialmente en los pueblos , medios de transportes de hace ochenta años


    China remains a country of contrasts , where you can see major highways, modern bridges ... and on the other hand, especially in the villages, transports that were used eighty years ago

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    From the new Dali bus station to old Dali

    by melosh Written Jan 11, 2009

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    Even though we arrived in Dali with my Mandarin speaking son, the taxi drivers seems united in asking for a taxi fare about three times the amount indicated in the guide books to take us from new Dali to old Dali. My son who had visited Dali previously and thought that even the guide book price was high, was not going to accept this special price, so we just jumped on the local bus stopped at the corner across from exit from the bus station. Even with each of us paying a fare, we saved about 90%. The last stop was old Dali.

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