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===Cangshan Mountains===
 
If you visit Dali, plan to spend at least one day up in the mountains. You can also overnight at guesthouses behind Zhonghe Temple, enjoying the most blissful peace and quiet available in China. Well worth it!
====Start at Zhonghe====
 
From Zhonghe Temple you have a choice of paths running North or South, with each offering equally spectacular views of the mountains, valley and lake. The entrance to the walking path (the chairlift no longer runs to Zhonghe temple) is at walking distance from the city / Lily Pad / Jade Emu, although the start is hard to find (ask at your guesthouse or hotel).
* <do name="Xiaguan Hot Springs" alt="下关温泉" address="" directions="From the train station take bus 21 (Bus 8 runs from the Old Town to the train station)" phone="" url="" hours="" price="&yen;12" lat="" long="">This swimming pool is called a hot springs resort because it probably really uses naturally hot water. Other than that it might be a little different from what most people might expect. These days it is a regular, pretty run down swimming pool (one pool on the inside, one on the outside, otherwise identical) with all the spa's (that are still on the price list) being closed. Interestingly there are places to stay in the resort with rooms around &yen;280.</do>
 
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==Learn==
*<listing name="Rice &amp; Friends Chinese cooking school" alt="" address="No.1 Hong Long Jing, Dali old town" directions="" phone="+86 15125264065" url="http://www.riceandfriends.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Rice & Friends Chinese cooking school offers hands-on Chinese cooking courses, highly rated on tripadvisor. Beautiful open-air setup with mountain views. Authentic and very personal 5-hour cooking experience, including outdoor-market shopping for ingredients, introduction to the theory of Chinese cooking, hands-on preparation of 3 dishes with a recipe booklet to take away and plenty of time for everybody to sit down together and enjoy the meal they cooked themselves.</listing>
==Buy==
 
As ever, be prepared to bargain when shopping in Dali. See [[Yangshuo#Tourist_stuff]] for advice on prices in Chinese tourist towns.
* '''Antiques''' - There are many antique shops very close to each other on Yù'ěr Lù (玉洱路). Start at the intersection of Yěyú Lù (叶榆路) and walk west. It can be very interesting to browse here. Even if you're not a regular collector you will probably be tempted to buy something when you see how badly some of these treasures are being handled and stored.
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*<buy name="Rock Solid Adventures" alt="Located at SleepyFish Lodge" address="Dali Old Town, Yu Er Lu Extension" directions="Near New East Gate" phone="+86 87 22678040" url="https://www.rocksolidadventures.com" hours="" price="See website for prices" lat="25°42'6.24N" long="100°10'12.51E">Rock Solid Adventures offer unique tours that get away from the crowds and let you take in the beauty and cultural wonder of Dali. They do Cycling, Hiking, Camping, Caving, Rappelling, Climbing, Kayaking, Group and other specialized trips.</buy>
*<buy name="China Minority Travel" alt="" address="" directions="contact Jim's Tibetan Hotel" phone="" url="http://www.china-travel.nl/english/home.htm" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">China Minority Travel organizes non-touristy daytrips around Dali, highly rated on tripadvisor. Personal service, expert travel advice, experienced and foreign run. Trekkings in Yunnan and overlandtrips to Tibet are amongst the many trips we offer. </buy>
*<buy name="Rice &amp; Friends Chinese cooking school" alt="" address="No.1 Hong Long Jing, Dali old town" directions="" phone="+86 15125264065" url="http://www.riceandfriends.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Rice & Friends Chinese cooking school offers hands-on Chinese cooking courses, highly rated on tripadvisor. Beautiful open-air setup with mountain views. Authentic and very personal 5-hour cooking experience, including outdoor-market shopping for ingredients, introduction to the theory of Chinese cooking, hands-on preparation of 3 dishes with a recipe booklet to take away and plenty of time for everybody to sit down together and enjoy the meal they cooked themselves.</buy>
 
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