Ancient City Of Dali
Dali Ancient City, also called Yeyu City, Forbidden
City, Zhonghezhen, lies 3 kilometers north from Xiaguan, the capital
of Dali Prefecture. Embracing Erhai Lake in the east and adjoining
Cangshan Mountain in the west, Dali City was first established
in the early period of the Ming Dynasty, and then an administrative
organ called "wei" was set up. The one who was in charge
was granted the title "Commanding Envoy of the Dali Wei".
Now in dali, the place name "the Gate of Wei" is still
used among the people. In the Qing Dynasty, the military commander
of Yunnan was stationed in Dali. Yixidao, Dalifu (Dali Prefecture)
and Taihexian (Taihe County) were established. In the second year
of the Republic of China, Dali was renamed Taihe County. Now it
is called Zhonghe Town of Dali City.
The circumference of Dali Ancient City was 6
kilometers long. The City Wall is 8 metres high and 7 meters thick.
The interior of the wall was filled with rocks and the surface
was bricked over smoothly. The four gate towers in the east, south,
west and north are named Chen En, Tong Hai, Cangshan and An Yuan
respectively. There are also 45 battlements and 1560 crenels on
the walls. A defensive river was surrounding the city. The streets
and avenues in the city now are crisscrossing each other, typical
of chessboard pattern. The buildings are all covered with dark
blue tiles and pebble-staked walls. All look very pristine and
delicate. The residents all like to plant trees and flowers. There
are garden in every house. The famous Dali camellia, azalea and
orchids are competing to show their beauty, blooming against snow
on Cangshan mountain. Red flowers and green grass are coming out
from wall, making up flowers streets. Streams from Cangshan mountain
come into the city, going across the streets and visiting every
family with their happy sound and sweet taste, running eastwards
to Erhai lake. The whole city looks fresh and wet, without any
The climate here is pleasant and Spring season
is prevailing all year round. Outside and west to the city, there
are famous Three Pagoda Temple, the relics of the Nanzhao Kingdom's
capital Yangjumie and the Market of March Fair. At the south suburb
of the city, there is the Pagoda of Hongsheng Temple, the Gantong
Temple, the Nanzhao Stele and the newly-constructed Nanzhao Cultural
Center. At the north suburb of the city locate a world renowned
Butterfly Spring and the native land of Five Golden Flowers --
Xizhou. Looking to the west, one can enjoy the view of Cangshan
Mountain, snow on the mountain top that never melts, and a mysterious
jade-ribbon cloud. Looking eastwards, one finds the charming and
pretty scene of Erhai Lake and distant view of Jizu Mountain.
Here You can enjoy drinking Bai people's three courses of tea,
having special foods, watching colorful tie-dyeing and purchasing
handcrafts of marble.
In the city, historical relics such as the headquarters
of Du Wenxiu, leader of a peasant uprising, and relevant stone
steles still remain today. The headquarters is virtually a city
within the city of Dali, called the "Forbidden City".
The south and north gate-towers, some sections of the wall and
some parts of Du Wenxiu's headquarters can still be seen today.
The magnificent towers, elegant streets, small and exquisite courtyards,
colourful flowers blooming in profusion give people a feeling
of antiquity, serenity and elegance. Today, this famous ancient
city is attracting more and more tourists.
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