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  • Address: Dali, Yunnan, China
  • Hours: 8:30am to 6pm

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Erhai Lake Tours

The name ‘Erhai’ translates to ‘ear-shaped sea’ — the name giving to the 97-square-mile (250-square-kilometer) lake sandwiched between the town of Dali and the Cangshan Mountains in China’s Yunnan Province. It’s one of the seven biggest freshwater lakes in all of China and the seconds largest highland lake after Dianchi.

The local Bai people — one of China’s 56 recognized ethnic minority groups — have long used the waters of the lake for fishing using a rather unusual method. Fisherman train cormorants to catch fish (mostly carp) and return them to the fishing boat. Parks along the banks of the lake offer hiking and cycling opportunities, but most visitors choose to explore the lake by boat. These tours allow visitors to see cormorant fishing in action as well as visit some of the lake’s many islands and temples.

Practical Info

To get to Erhai Lake, catch the No. 2 bus from the North Gate of Dali’s old town.

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Private Full-Day Highlights of Dali Tour, Dali, null
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Private Full-Day Highlights of Dali Tour

Visit the famous scenic spots of Dali and explore its unique history, culture and traditional crafts in this full-day private tour. Private local ...  Read more

Location: Dali, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $219.00
Erhai Lake Full-Day Hiking Tour from Yunnan, Dali, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Erhai Lake Full-Day Hiking Tour from Yunnan

Your 8-hour guided hiking excursion along tranquil Erhai Lake includes Erhai Lake Park and Butterfly Springs on the Western bank. You will pass the Haichaohe ...  Read more

Location: Dali, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $194.00
Erhai Lake Scooter Tour: Discover Dali and Bai Culture, Dali, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Erhai Lake Scooter Tour: Discover Dali and Bai Culture

This epic full day ride brings you from Dali Old Town to the shores of the 42 kilometer long Erhai Lake and further around it. You will pass by small fishing ...  Read more

Location: Dali, China
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.92
Private Tour: Xizhou, Lake Erhai, and Dali Ancient City, Dali, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour: Xizhou, Lake Erhai, and Dali Ancient City

This tour is made for people who wants to experience the real local life and culture of Dali. You will visit the local residences in Xizhou, visit the local ...  Read more

Location: Dali, China
Duration: Flexible

From USD $151.00
Dali Private Day Tour to Xizhou Village including Horse Drawn Carriage Ride, Tie-dye Art and Three ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Dali Private Day Tour to Xizhou Village including Horse Drawn Carriage Ride, Tie-dye Art and Three Pagodas

Discover the beautiful Dali surroundings and experience the real local life and culture in this private tour. Explore the Erhai Lake landscape in a horse drawn ...  Read more

Location: Dali, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $266.00
Classic Dali One-Day Tour, Dali, Horse Carriage Rides
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Classic Dali One-Day Tour

Book this 8-hour classic Dali to visit Xizhou and Shuanglang Village, strolling along serene Erhai Lake, tour at a local Indigo Workshop, and explore Three ...  Read more

Location: Dali, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $298.00

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