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In the development of tourism in Dali, the local government has paid much attention to the construction of "hardware" in the city. Its urban functions and tourist environment have been improved greatly. Since 1995, the city has invested approximately 200 million yuan to strengthen urban construction and tourist infrastructure facilities. Dali has a well-developed traffic network-a domestic airport, railway station, Chuxiong-Dali and Dali-Lijiang expressways, and four deluxe pleasure ships on the Erhai Lake on the plateau. In recent years, with the improvement of its traffic facilities and tourist environment, Dali has appeared as an excellent tourist city to domestic and foreign tourists.

Dali Airport

Dali Airport is located in the northeast corner of Xiaguan Town and southeast of Erhai Lake. It is 15 kilometers from the city proper. Since it's opening to the public in November 1995, its passenger transport capacity handled by the Airport has increased from 50,000 people in 1996 to 210,000 people. The scheduled flights have increased from three each week in 1996 to 35 so far. There are three airlines, instead of original one. Dali Airport has always persisted in the principle of "Safety First". Over the past three years, the Airport has established a complete set of scientific and standardized management system, and has made good achievements in quality service and special services. Thus, it receives an honor of "Advanced Collective" from Civil Aviation Administration of China and "A Forestation Advanced Unit" and "Advanced Hygiene Airport" from Yunnan Provincial Government.
Flights: from Dali to Jinghong, Kunming, Changsha and Tianjin.

Dali Railway Station

Dali Railway Station is the terminal of the guangtong-Dali Railway managed by Yunnan Guangtong-Dali Railway Co. Ltd. It is also a passenger transport station of the railway line. It is situated in the Dali Economic and Technological Development Zone in the Dali Bai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture. Lying against the Cangshan Mountains in the west and facing Erhai Lake in the north, it is a traffic hub leading to other prefectures in south of Yunnan Province. Guangtong-Dali Railway Line starts from Guangtong and links with Chengdu-Kunming railway and national highway network. The Guangtong-Dali line, which is 206 kilometers in full length, has played an inestimable role in developing the natural, tourist and mineral resources in west Yunnan and bringing along local economic development. The Railway Line is operated and managed by Yunnan Guangtong-Dali Railway Co. founded with the investment from the Ministry of Railways and Yunnan Province. Dali undertakes the task of transporting passengers who enter and exit from south of Yunnan. The Station has complete facilities, with buildings in distinctive Dali local styles, covering an area of 10,000 square meters. Its waiting room has a floor space of 1,200 square meters. Large relief sculpture groups stand on the Station Square, presenting a new scene in Dali. The Station also has a large store and other recreation facilities. The Station warmly welcomes domestic and foreign guests with its new outlook and warmhearted service.

Xiaguan Pier

Xiaguan Pier, located in the Dongnanyan of the Erhe River in Dali, covers an area of 4.4 hectares, with total investment of 16.97 million yuan. Its Main Building, with total floor space of 3,200 square meters, offers passengers with convenience in getting on and off regular ships, and taking rest. Apart from the Building, there are a square, parking lot, roads and green area. There is also a Ship Examination Center of the Shipping Company. Along with the development of tourism in Dali, more and more tourists come to Dali. Everyday, more than 50 passenger ships pass in and out the Pier. More efforts are being made to improve tourist infrastructure facilities. Before long, it will appear a new outlook to domestic and foreign tourists.

                                        Traffic in the City Proper

                   Taxi

Dali now has 10 taxi companies and a taxi branch of self-employed passenger transport society, with a total of 800 taxicabs, including Xiali and Santana. With the support of local government and concerned departments, taxi market in Dali has developed to a certain scale. On February 8,1998, Dali government promulgated the Methods in Management of Taxi Transportation in Dali. Now, all taxicabs in Dali have uniform sign, uniform prices clearly marked, installed with uniform calculators and protective rails. Long-distance buses carry out the security registration system. Now, taxi market is operating towards the direction of healthy, civilized and standard direction.

                                                  Traffic in Main Tourist Attractions (Spots)

With the development of tourism, traffic has played an increasing important role in tourism. In recent years, Dali Government attaches great importance to the construction of tourist infrastructure facilities. At present, the Airport opens flights to Xishuangbanna, Kunming, Wuhan and Tianjin. The Guangtong-Dali Railway, or Chuxiong-Dali and Dali-Lijiang expressways can bring tourists to Dali. There are four deluxe pleasure ships, Dayun, Cangshan, Dujuan, Haixing, plying on the Erhai Lake. In the city, there are 10 public bus routes and special tour routes leading to various tourist attractions. Besides, tourists in Dali can also find convenient to surrounding scenic areas such as Binchuan, Lijiang and Zhongdian by public buses or special tourist buses. Convenient traffic facilities have powerfully promoted the development of local touristm.

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