Weishan is about 50 kilometers from Xiaguan and takes just over an hour from Xiaguan southwest bus station at a cost of 15 Yuan. The Weishan Yi and Hui Autonomous County is located in the south of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture in the west of Yunnan Province. Lying in the upper section of Ailao Mountain and Wuliang Mountain. Weishan Old Town is claimed to be the old capital of Nanzhao Kingdom and is in fact the cradle of Nanzhao Culture, originaly known as Menghua. In 737, Pi Luoge-the chieftain of Nanzhao Tribe-was supported by the Tang Court to unify the other 5 tribes around Erhai Lake and establish the Nanzhao Kingdom (738-937) (Nanzhao means the south tribe). There have been 23 ethnic groups in Weishan County, of which 6 have settled for more than 100 years, including the Han(22.9%), Yi(35%), Hui(7.1%), Bai(30%) , Miao and Lisu(2%) ethnic group. Most people will enter Weishan from the north through the beautiful and impressive Gongshen gate. All that survives of the original wall that encircled the town which would have run up and down Xixin and Dongxin Road. On the eastern side the walls than followed Eastern Weicheng Road, on the western side Western Nancheng Road. There are several large open spaces to the east of the old town where people gather in the evenings to dance, drink tea and socialise. Just south of these is a beautiful park where people practice tai chi in the morning. Weishan Old Town is not only a state-level historical and cultural town, but also one of the “4 famous cultural towns” (Wen Xian Ming Bang) in Yunnan Province (the other 3 ones are Kunming, Jianshui and Dali). A 7-day snack festival is held here in the 8th day of the second month in the Chinese calendar every year, offering people with famous Weishan snacks, indlucing stewed fruits, bean-made cake, and noodles.
Weibao Shan is one of China's fourteen Taoist mountains. About 10 km from the city there is a protected area on the mountain with 22 old Taoist temples (admission Y50). A three or four hour walk takes you up and past the temples and down to the start again. Some beautiful views of Weishan valley along the way. The founder of the Nan zhoa kingdom, Xi nu luo, is believed to have met Lao tze on Weibao shan. There are several temples which are not Taoist. One called the Temple of the Ruler of the Earth of Nanzhao (南诏土主庙) and the other is the Temple of the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion (观音殿). Good birding on the mountain. Forest below the protected area is replaced with eucaliptus trees. There is a hotel on the mountain. Depending on time of year the price was around 100 yuan per night. There is also a restaurant there that is reasonable. The price of a tuktuk return was 60 yuan.