The ancient capital of the Bai kingdom, Dali (大理) is truly a nice city to relax and enjoy the old town. To the east of Dali is Erhai Hu (Erhai Lake) and the 4000 meter high Cang Shan (Jade Green Mountain). The city itself lies at around 1900m above sea level. The city has many attractions that are worth the visit. Because of the mountain environment, the weather around Dali is unpredictable at times and tends to be on the cloudy side close to the mountain. The best places to stay are around the old town where there are many restaurants and attractions.