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.
|Crystal Butterfly Spring is a romantic place || |
|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 -