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

Discover the beautiful Dali surroundings and experience the real local life and culture in this private tour.

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 carriage, visit the picturesque Xizhou village of the Bai ethnic minority, learn the process of the local tie-dyeing art, and visit the highlight of the area: The Three Pagodas.

Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Dali city centre and drive outside the city to explore the surroundings of the Erhai Lake. Before arriving to your first destination, your guide will introduce you to the history, culture and life of the area.

First you will stop at Xizhou village, home to one of the minorities in China, the Bai. Before accessing the village, you will climb into a horse drawn carriage to enjoy a pleasant ride around this picturesque village and the Erhai Lake. Then you will take a walk inside the town, famous for its traditional style living quarters clustered around. You will be escorted to visit some homes of local peasants, which consist of rectangular courtyards with a screen wall facing the gate. While visiting these farmers’ houses, you will be treated with a genuine tea ceremony along with a song and dance performance from this ethnic group.

Then you will stop for a while to learn the tie-dyeing art, a way of printing flower patterns on cloth. The process consists in making the cloth into certain shapes by pinching, creasing and flanging it according to the flower patterns, then tying it tightly together to make a bunch of knots, and dye until a satisfactory color is achieved. Once dried, stitches are taken out of the knots and the cloth is smoothened out to reveal that part of the cloth which was tied, forming beautiful flower patterns.

Next you will enjoy a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch in a local restaurant before driving to the final stop: The Three Pagodas. The Three Pagodas are inside the Chongshen Monastery, a building with a history of over 1,800 years located at the foot of Cang Shan Mountain facing Erhai Lake. These three ancient independent pagodas form a symmetrical triangle, something unique in China, and are the most iconic attraction in Dali.

After exploring the area, your guide will drop you off at your hotel in Dali city centre.


48 Hours
8 Hours
Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off
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Operating Hours

Tour starts at 09:00am, ends at 05:00pm

What You Get


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by private vehicle or minivan
  • Professional & friendly English-speaking tour guide
  • Main entrance tickets to the tour sites as per the itinerary
  • Traditional Chinese cuisine lunch
  • Horse drawn carriage fee


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses

Additional Information 

  • Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off is within Dali City Centre 
  • Kindly be at the hotel lobby at least 10 minutes before the pick-up time 
  • This is a private tour. Only your group will participate
  • Recommended to dress in comfortable shoes
  • Note: The start and end times will vary depending on traffic and road conditions
How To Use
  • Present either a printed or mobile voucher to the guide to verify before boarding the vehicle
  • This tour is valid on the date and time specified 
How To Buy
  • After purchase, kindly email the following details to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg:
    • Name of Hotel 

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • Tours/Experiences subject to cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances, and (or) when there is an official request from the authorities
  • Refunds will be given to customers under these circumstances:
    • No refunds will be entertained for cancellation made 6 days or less prior the departure date
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Amendment Policy:

  • All amendments are subject to availability
  • Additional charges may apply for amendments

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

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After purchase, kindly email the following details to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg