Dali is the ancient capital of both the Bai kingdom Nanzhao, which flourished in the area during the 8th and 9th centuries, and the Kingdom of Dali, which reigned from 937-1253. Dali was also the center of the Panthay Rebellion from 1856-1863.Dali is also famous for the many types of marble it produces, which are used primarily in construction and for decorative objects. In fact, Dali is so famous for the stone that the name of marble in Chinese is literally "Dali Stone". Dali is now a major tourist destination, along with Lijiang, for both domestic and international tourists.
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Erhai is situated at 1,972 m above sea level,sandwiched between the Cangshan Mountains to the West and Dali City.Its area is 250 km2, making it the second largest highland lake of China, after Dianchi Lake.The lakeshore can be explored by hiking. Highlights include Erhai Lake Park and the Butterfly Springs on the Western bank. Islands on the lake-including Guanyin Ge, Jinsuo Island ("Golden Shuttle Island"), Nanzhao Fengqing Island and Xiaoputuo Island-are also available for visits.Erhai lake one day tour