We recommend you print this page to avoid any potential problems finding us. The Chinese directions and map are very useful for showing a taxi driver or asking a Local for directions.
Buses to XiaGuan (Dali New City) leave from the Kunming West Bus Station. There are no official buses that will take you directly from Kunming to Dali Old Town. There are at least two bus stations you may arrive at in XiaGuan based on the bus service taken from Kunming West Bus Station. The easiest way to get to Dali Old Town is to follow the instructions below “From XiaGuan (Dali New City) Bus Station”.
If you catch a train from Kunming to Dali, just follow the instructions “From XiaGuan Train Station” or catch a taxi (60 RMB). Note the day train takes longer than the day buses (6.5 hours compared to 4.5 hours). If you plan on coming to Dali overnight, the sleeper train is a better option than the sleeper buses.
From Xiaguan (Dali New City) Bus Station:
Expect to pay 60 RMB for a taxi to the Jade Emu/Roo International Guest House. The taxi driver will not normally use a meter to get to Dali Old Town. This is the standard rate for locals as well.
Alternatively, for those on a tight budget… Catch a taxi to the XiaGuan train station (5-10 RMB) and follow the instructions below for getting here from XiaGuan train station.
From Xiaguan Train Station:
Catch the bus outside the train station called “Xiaguan Train Station to ChongSheng Temple”. It has no number, and departs every 20 minutes. The fare is 1.5 RMB. Get off at the “Red Dragon Well Gate” (called 红龙井城门 or Hong2Long2Jing3Cheng2Men2). Red Dragon Well Gate is an archway in the grey stone Dali Old Town West Wall (approximately 30 minutes on the bus). From this archway, cross the highway and walk 60m along the highway in the same direction as the bus. Turn left at the “77 Guesthouse” on the highway. Walk a further 100m uphill. You will then see the Jade Emu…
From Dali Airport
A Taxi from the airport should cost ~100 RMB to the Jade Emu International Guest House. The drivers won’t use a meter.
With roadworks occurring on the Yunnan-Tibet Highway around Dali, most buses from LiJiang will currently drop passengers off near the East Gate of Dali Old Town and require a taxi (~15 RMB) or a 20 minute walk to get here. Be sure to tell the bus driver you want to get off at Dali Old Town or otherwise you might find yourself in XiaGuan (Dali New City).
An important note about taxi drivers…
Please note some drivers may try to tell you a range of stories such as “The Jade Emu no longer exists” or “The Jade Emu is in a dangerous area of Dali”. They do this in an attempt to take you to a less reputable guesthouse that pays them commission to take you there. Our advice in this situation is to find another driver.
大理古城西门村十组 （红龙井城门斜对面西北50米 ，‘77客栈后面’）
Chinese Postal Details…
金玉缘中澳国际青年旅舍， 中国云南省大理古城西门村十组， 671003
电话： 13887232726 （宋萍）
Still need assistance finding us?
Give us a call on (0872)2677311, 13887232726 or 18687285211 🙂