Yunnan has bee my favorite trip in China so far, and I think it had a lot to do with Dali being one of my first stops there. With a gorgeous old town, surrounded by mountains and a large lake, it combines the best attractions one can hope for in China, with history, scenic beauty, and cultural experiences.
I stayed just outside the old town, and each day walked in and toured around the old town, at times venturing out to the nearby mountains and temples. Each time I found something new, food, a garden, a temple, some strange funky local event, it was wonderful.
To wrap up my Dali experiences, here is a bit from my explorations of the Dali old town and the somewhat peculiar Dali Movie Entertainment Town where some of the historical themed Chinese TV series and movies are being shot.
Dali old town
Dali Movie Entertainment Town