Dali Prefecture is the former capital of the Nanzhao Kingdom (8th-9th century) and the Buddhist Dali Kingdom (AD 937-1253). With a population of 3.6 Million inhabitants, 30% of Bai ethnic minority and situated at 1,800 m above sea level, Dali is one of the main tourist destinations in Yunnan Province, halfway between Kunming and Lijiang. Dali is also famous for its marble quarry hence the word for marble in Chinese is “Dali stone”.
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