Dali’s new art and photography district is a wonderful addition to the old
town. At the Dali Art Factory you will find a number of galleries displaying
modern Chinese artwork, in a range of artistic styles and disciplines, from
paintings, to photography, to printing.
A noteworthy highlight is the old photography exhibition, with photos of Dali
from the past 100 years and more, offering a fabulous insight into the ever
changing landscape of the old town and Er Hai valley, capturing its
transformation from a collection of small farming communities into the booming
tourist destination it has become today.
A number of events and exhibitions take place here throughout the year, such as the popular Co-Art festival, and the monthly artisan market held on the last weekend of each month.
It is always worth popping along here at the start of any visit to Dali to find out about upcoming events.
The central courtyard also has a large climbing wall, professionally run by foreign owners, which offers a great day out for kids.
The Dali Art Factory has a number of coffee shops, bookshops, artist studios, boutiques, and even a bar.
It is the perfect place to spend a few cultured hours away from the crowds, or to meet and hang out with fellow art lovers.
To get here, walk up the busy central street of Fuxing Lu towards the south gate, just past the Dali Museum and the golden statue of the soldier, and take the first little alley on your left, and follow it all the way down.