Xizhou Ancient Town, Dali, Yunnan Province, China

For the third part in the Dali series, we cover the beautiful Xizhou Ancient Town, the 1,000+ year old town a short 50 minutes drive from Shuanglang.

GFX100S 39.6mm ISO-200 1/56sec f/16

Other posts in this series can be found at:

What makes this town special are the perfectly maintained Bai architecture homes and way of life. The town is surrounded by carefully manicured lush lawns where you can enjoy the cool experience of having coffee, lunch or dinner while looking at or walking around the huge wheat fields. There are a number of small towns around Xizhou as well, so don’t be shy to leave the walls of the ancient city to explore the area. 

GFX100S 50mm ISO-200 1/640sec f/4.5
GFX100S 49mm ISO-200 1/125sec f/8
GFX100S 64mm ISO-200 1/800sec f/4
GFX100S 59.6mm ISO-200 1/1100sec f/4

We had a wonderful lunch at the boutique hotel that used to be the Yang Family Compound, and now owned by Brian and Jeanee Linden, an American couple that have contributed greatly to this town. Today the Linden Centre is not only a top-ranked hotel, it is also a venue for cultural exchange and an ideal place to start exploration of Xizhou and destinations further around Dali.

GFX100S 41.1mm ISO-100 1/300sec f/8
GFX100S 47.3mm ISO-100 1/300sec f/8
GFX100S 32mm ISO-200 1/280sec f/8
GFX100S 32mm ISO-200 1/105sec f/5
GFX100S 32mm ISO-200 1/90sec f/4
GFX100S 32.6mm ISO-200 1/40sec f/8

For the next in the Dali series, we’ll head over to Cangshan Mountain, and the Three Pagodas in the Chongsheng Temple complex.

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