Situated in the west of middle part of the Yunnan Plateau, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture used to be an important transfer station on the narrow roads of Ancient Sichuan and the Ancient Tea and Horse Road. Now Dali is a communication hub and a collecting and distributing center of west Yunnan. Founded on November 22, 1956, the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture has jurisdiction over 12 cities and counties, including Dali, Yangbi Yi Autonomous County, Xiangyun County and Binchuan County.
Dali has an area of 29,459 square kilometers, and a population of 3.37 million, of whom the ethnic minority people make up 49.22 percent. Of the total ethnic minority people, the Bais make up one third. Dali Prefecture is home to 13 ethnic groups, such as Bai, Han, Yi, Hui and Lisu. It is the only Bai Autonomous Prefecture in China. The government of the prefecture is located in Xiaguan Town, Dali City, 377 kilometers from Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. The Yunnan-Myanmar and Yunnan-Tibet highways and a number of railways meet at Dali. Tourists can go from Kunming to Dali by air, bus or train. Dali has convenient transportation facilities.
Dali Prefecture has a subtropical, plateau and monsoon climate and boasts abundant tourism resources. It is like spring all the year round. The prefecture includes more than 130 places of scenic and historic interest. Dail, the capital of the prefecture, is among the first group of China’s excellent tourism cities, and a famous national historical and cultural city. The Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake Scenic Zone is a national nature reserve.
Dali’s picturesque scenic spots and historical sites, colorful ethnic customs, and superb tourism arts and crafts, and the miraculous and romantic Nanzhao and Dali cultures have made Dali an ideal place for
sightseeing, holidays, explorations and scientific inspections. Dali City, the hometown of the Fire Golden Flowers, welcomes you!