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Dali Foreigner Street
Dali Foreigner Street

The ideal place for shopping in Dali must be Foreigner's Street (its Chinese name is Huguo Road) in the Ancient City of Dali. There are all kinds of ethical clothes, characteristic handicrafts and special local products from many places. Visitors from all corners of the world enjoy lunch alfresco sunshine served on a traditional Dali blue and white tie-dyed tablecloth. Local senior ladies dressed in traditional Bai costumes hawk antique silverware on the street, and upon entering the art gallery visitors are fascinated by abstract paintings that speak of the world, its peoples and the convergence of their lives and cultures. Foreign visitors usually stay here for at least six months, or until their pockets are empty, and only head backing to the West to earn enough money for their next stay. Local people are accustomed to their migratory habits.

Dali Foreigner Street
Dali Foreigner Street

This ancient street was once a vital communications hub where the population was dense. Many trade caravans gathered here and the markets were prosperous. The local government has given high priority to its preservation. So Dali Ancient City still remains its original looks. Marble, which is of fine quality and has unique veins, has been quarried for more than 1,000 yeas since the Tang Dynasty. Tie dyeing of the Bai ethnic group is a time honored handicraft.

Wood carving in Jianchuan County, which known for its exquisite designs and multi-layer carving, is a 1,000-year-old traditional handicraft.

Exquisite workmanship and novel design, gold, silver and copper ornaments are matchless handicrafts of Bai People. Other traditional handicrafts from the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture include embroidery, ink slabs, pottery, and porcelain.

Dali Foreigner Street
Dali Foreigner Street

And there are abundant antiques. There are so many things on Foreigner Street that you will find something what like.

Most of best restaurants get together in Ancient City, so you can find many restaurants to eat on the Foreign Street. These restaurants provide Chinese food and Western food. You can taste Yunan Cuisine and local food of Dai people. Three-Course Tea of Bai Ethnic Minority and Tibet Butter tea are specific tea which you should taste if you go to Foreigner's Street.

Features of Dali Foreigner Street

Dali Ancient City, or the ancient town of Dali, was set up in 1383 in the Ming Dynasty. Dali has a history of more than 600 years. When the city was first set up, it was entirely enclosed by the city walls on four sides and each side had a gate.

Dali Foreigner Street
Dali Foreigner Street

Over the years, the walls on the east and west sides were destroyed. Only the walls on the south and the north were destroyed. in 1983, the local government renovated the wall and the gate tower. On the tower, four Chinese characters are quite striking, meaning "Literary State". inside the gate, an old street, running from south to north, connects the south gate with the north gate.

The Foreigners' Street exemplifies Dalis internationalization. The Huguo Road, a 200-meter street running from west to east is jeweled with cafes and bars in various decors.

Visitors from all corners of the world enjoy lunch alfresco sunshine served on a traditional Dali blue and white tie-dyed tablecloth. Local senior ladies dressed in traditional Bai costumes hawk antique silverware on the street, and upon entering the art gallery visitors are fascinated by abstract paintings that speak of the world, its peoples and the convergence of their lives and cultures.

Foreign visitors usually stay here for at least six months, or until their pockets are empty, and only head back to the West to earn enough money for their next stay. Local people are accustomed to their migratory habits.

Dali Foreigner Street
Dali Foreigner Street

This ancient street was once a vital communications hub where the population was dense. Many trade caravans gathered here and the markets were prosperous. On both sides of the street, there were numerous shops, inns, tea houses and restaurants, very bustling and exciting.

The local government has given high priority to its preservation. So Dali Ancient City still remains its original looks. Now, the shops here mainly sell some locally-made handicraft articles: marble products, straw weaving wares, embroideries, wax printing clothes and other ornaments. Small retailers also sell some antiques, ancient paintings, old coins and silver wares.

Reviews of Foreigner Street

"A must visit place in Dali": The houses there are a few centuries old. All the buildings there are converted into shop houses selling souvenirs & silvers - which is a famous commodity there. You will feel the olden era once you step into this place. There is a stream running through this place which serve as a resting area.

"Great for people watching": Usual traveller jewellery, touristy shops offering touristy stuff. However, the local people are not aggressively pushy and it's where local live. We saw toddlers and school kids playing up and down the street while older westerners were eating pizza at a cafe. Scarves etc are reasonably cheap or expensive as you want. It's interesting to see artisans at work doing embroidery,silversmiths etc