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Dali Food & Local Specialties


Food & Snacks of Dali


Dali people prefers sweet, acid and spicy flavor. There are plenty of Muslim restaurants here. Renming Road boasts the most concentrative restaurants. Huguo Road (Foreigner’s Road) is blessed with cafes, teahouses, bars, handicraft shops and is an ideal haut during night. You can taste the barbeque here also.


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 Dali Fire Burned Pork

 Dali Hotpot Fish (shaguo Fish)

 Diaomei ( dry plum fruits engraved with patterns. ) With history dated back to 1000 years ago, it is a traditional snack of Bai people and favored by many tourists due to its unique flavor and lasting fragrance.

 Rushan is cheese prevails in western Yunnan. It can be eaten directly, or fried and cooked. Local Bai people usually use it to match wine or the three stage tea


 Dali Snow Pear

 Xiaguan Tuocha Tea

Shopping in Dali

There are two ideal shopping places here: Fuxing Road and Huguo Road. Fuxing Road is teemed with eye-dazzling shops where marble artworks, jewels, tie-dye handicrafts are sold. Other local specialties include: Jianchuan wood handicrafts, the mushroom-shaped Xiagua Tuocha Tea, snow pear and Bai Batik& tie-dye works.
Bai people’s Tie-dye clothes and handicrafts, in particular, worthy of recommendation. Cotton, silk and natural fiber such as flax are used as raw materials, while natural dye extracted from plants are applied to color them. Combined with the original & innovative patterns, well-proportioned layout and classic images, these hand-made masterpieces not only breathe of elegant t& classic beauty but also possess the anti-inflammation effect, thus is good to your skin.

 Jianchuan Wood Sculpture Artworks

 Dali is famous for marble artworks

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 Tie-dye handicraft is one of the symbol of Dali

 Family Workshop ( the dye house)

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 Dye Tank


Emerged since Qin and Han dynasties (221BC-220AD) and thrived during Sui and Tang dynasties (581-907), Batik dye, one of the symbols of Dali, is one of the three ancient dye methods in China. Prevailing among southwest China’s minority groups, it boasts less complicated process than tie-dye and features innocent beauty. The bai people will dip the knif into wax and paint patterns on soft fabrics like cotton, silk and gold velvet before dipping them into a blue color extracted from plants called Landian. After that, the white patterns will appear against the blue background. Wax can prevent the spread of colors and will bring a natural crackle known as “Ice pattern”, which is very unique and charming. Due to its rich ethnic flavor and beauty, batik are widely used in everyday life.
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Batik Artworks of Bai People

Zhoucheng ( Zhou City) specializes in producing Batik
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Zhoucheng, the town of batik

Zhoucheng, the town of batik

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batik artwork

silk products with batik dye


Batik Artworks of Bai People ( the 12 girls are from Dream of Red Mansion, a classic novel)

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