The old Town of Dali
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|Article Guide:The Ancient Town of Dali (Dali Gucheng) is another great example of ancient and modern fused together in China. The architecture is indeed ancient with traditional Bai homes, shops and markets forming the core of this city surrounded by a huge stone wall punctuated by four gate towers. Even the newer construction is modeled in the old-style and the result is a rather seamless combination of old and new.
The circumference of Dali Ancient City was 6 kilometers long. The City Wall is 8 metres high and 7 meters thick. The interior of the wall was filled with rocks and the surface was bricked over smoothly. The four gate towers in the east, south, west and north are named Chen En, Tong Hai, Cangshan and An Yuan respectively. There are also 45 battlements and 1560 crenels on the walls. A defensive river was surrounding the city. The streets and avenues in the city now are crisscrossing each other, typical of chessboard pattern. The buildings are all covered with dark blue tiles and pebble-staked walls. All look very pristine and delicate. The residents all like to plant trees and flowers. There are garden in every house. The famous Dali camellia, azalea and orchids are competing to show their beauty, blooming against snow on Cangshan mountain. Red flowers and green grass are coming out from wall, making up flowers streets. Streams from Cangshan mountain come into the city, going across the streets and visiting every family with their happy sound and sweet taste, running eastwards to Erhai lake. The whole city looks fresh and wet, without any dust.
The climate here is pleasant and Spring season is prevailing all year round. Outside and west to the city, there are famous Three Pagoda Temple, the relics of the Nanzhao Kingdom's capital Yangjumie and the Market of March Fair. At the south suburb of the city, there is the Pagoda of Hongsheng Temple, the Gantong Temple, the Nanzhao Stele and the newly-constructed Nanzhao Cultural Center. At the north suburb of the city locate a world renowned Butterfly Spring and the native land of Five Golden Flowers -- Xizhou. Looking to the west, one can enjoy the view of Cangshan Mountain, snow on the mountain top that never melts, and a mysterious jade-ribbon cloud. Looking eastwards, one finds the charming and pretty scene of Erhai Lake and distant view of Jizu Mountain. Here You can enjoy drinking Bai people's three courses of tea, having special foods, watching colorful tie-dyeing and purchasing handcrafts of marble.