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Dali Relics of Taihe City


The Relics of Taihe City are located on a mountain slope in the west of Taihe Village about 7 km south of the county seat of Dali. The City of Taihe was once the capital of Nanzhao Kingdom. The proper city was already reduced to ruins, but the southern and northern walls still remain today. The southern city wall stretches to Erhai Lake from the northern slope of Ma'er Peak of Cangshan Mountain while the northern wall runs eastwards from Foding Peak. The walls were tamped with earth and rocks. The west part of the northern wall is 2 meters in height and 4 meters in thickness. It was greatly influenced by the architecture of Chang An, the national capital of the Tang Dynasty.

Dali Ancient City, also called Yeyu City, Forbidden City, Zhonghezhen, lies 3 kilometers north from Xiaguan, the capital of Dali Prefecture. Embracing Erhai Lake in the east and adjoining Cangshan Mountain in the west, Dali City was first established in the early period of the Ming Dynasty, and then an administrative organ called "wei" was set up. The one who was in charge was granted the title "Commanding Envoy of the Dali Wei". Now in dali, the place name "the Gate of Wei" is still used among the people. In the Qing Dynasty, the military commander of Yunnan was stationed in Dali. Yixidao, Dalifu (Dali Prefecture) and Taihexian (Taihe County) were established. In the second year of the Republic of China, Dali was renamed Taihe County. Now it is called Zhonghe Town of Dali City.

The most outstanding places of interest in Dali are: the ancient city proper of Dali, the Three Pagodas on the ruins of Chongshengsi Monastery, Nanzhao Stele, the Tablet Commemorating Kublai khan's Conquest of Yunnan, the remains of Taihe City, the Tomb of Du Wenxiu, the scroll of pictorial history of Nanzhao (Tang Dynasty), Pictures on Buddhist themes Painted by Zhang Shengwan of Dali (Song Dynasty), and the Frescoes in Xingjiaosi Temple of Shaxi (Ming Dynasty). All these are the witnesses of the brilliant history of this ancient city.
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