Butterfly Spring

Travel 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Dali and you will come to a popular beauty spot known locally as the 'Butterfly Spring'. Situated at the foot of Mount Shenmo, the first of the peaks of Mount Cangshan, the spring rises to form a square shaped pool that is shaded by the dense foliage that lines its banks.
The visitors are promenading on the bridge.
Crystal Butterfly Spring is a romantic place
Young Girls of Bai Nationality
Young Girls of Bai Nationality
The pool is 50 square meters (60 square yards) overall and above it is an ancient decumbent tree. This is the famous 'Butterfly Tree', so called as in the short interval as spring turns to summer, its fragrant blossom attracts thousands of butterflies. These small multi-colored creatures fly around the pool and settle on the tree in great clusters as they sip the nectar from its blooms. The vast numbers of butterflies are hardly distinguishable from the flowers as the whole tree pulsates with every color of the rainbow. This spectacular sight has given rise to a local festival when the Bai people gather at the tree on April 15th for the 'Butterfly Meet'. The romantic spectacle of the butterflies as they feed and mate in such abundance has become a symbol of courtship and each Bai youth will seek to engage with the love of his life by joining in with the traditional antiphonal singing. The Bai also refer to the Butterfly Spring as the 'Allegiance Spring' as it is here that true and lasting love may be found.

Note: The Butterfly Spring is quite near to Zhou Town, which is the largest of the Bai communities and was once the imperial garden of the Dali Kingdom. Here too you can learn more of the Bai culture and visit some truly wonderful ancient buildings.

How to get to Butterfly Spring

1. From Dali Ancient City, hire a taxi or local car, which costs CNY 60-100; or take a bus from the West Gate to the scenic area and the bus fare is around CNY 4.
2. From Dali city, take a bus from Xiaguan Town Bus Station and the fare is CNY 5-10.

Ticket Fare Entrance Fee: CNY 60
Sightseeing bus: CNY 20
Opening Hours 8:30 - 17:00
Recommended Time for a Visit 1h

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- Last updated on Apr. 12, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Butterfly Spring
Asked by Tony Ooi from MALAYSIA | Nov. 19, 2018 19:29Reply
Do you see flowers and butterflies in middle of March in Butterfly Spring?
Answers (1)
Answered by Clara from CANADA | Nov. 20, 2018 23:53

Yes, the suggested sightseeing time is March to May. Thus you will see beautiful flowers and butterflies at that time. Nice trip!
Asked by Pim from THAILAND | Jul. 08, 2018 10:22Reply
Do you recommend visiting Butterfly spring around 23-24 October?
And how long does it take if I take a bus from the ancient city?

Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Gasoline from USA | Jul. 09, 2018 00:28

In fact, the best time is around Lunar April 15, you can see thousands of butterflies there. It takes about 50 minutes if you take a bus.
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