Located immediately west of Dali, Mt Changshan's highest summit Malong, is over 4000m high. However, the mountain includes another 18 peaks all over 3,500m high and it is noted for its very rich and diverse flora.
The Dali Museum is a small museum that showcases a collection of artifacts relating to the Bai Minority Tribe.
Erhai Lake, meaning sea shaped like an ear, is located 3kms outside of Dali. A tour of the lake includes visits to small temples, traditional villages and imperial summer retreats. Visitors can even watch the local cormorant fishermen training their birds to catch fish for them.
Three Pagodas of Chongshen Temple
Occupying a scenic location at the foot of Mt. Cangshan and facing Erhai Lake, the Three Pagodas has a history of over 1,800 years. As its name implies, the Three Pagodas are made up of three ancient independent pagodas that form a symmetrical triangle, with the tallest one being over 70m high. As well as being embellished with fine marble figures and Buddhist ornaments, they were built to please the gods and gain protection from natural disasters.
Once you've visited the Dali Musuem, you can compare the museum's Bai artifacts with the real thing in Xizhou. This ancient town has very well preserved Bai architecture.