They will have a new train schedule for the Golden Week, but there will probably be two trains a day from Kunming-Dali-Lijiang (yes, all day trains stop in Dali/Xiaguan to change engines)
During the last busy season there were two or three trains from Lijiang to Dali during the day, two in the morning around 8.30 and 10am, and one in the afternoon around 4pm. Journey time is only 90 mins, whereas by bus or car it will take around 4 hours, maybe more, as lots of rebuilding for the new highway out of Lijiang.
Jim's Peace hotel in Dali is a good option with family rooms, good location in Dali old town, etc, whereas the Linden Centre is located in another village 20 mins by car from Dali old town.
In Lijiang, Zen Garden is a good option.
More info at www.lijiangtravel.info and www.southwestchina.info.
It will be busy during that Golden Week, expect crowds, slow traffic, racked-up prices, etc.
there is a new school just opened, in a central location by the river in Lijiang Old Town, called Huayang Language Academy. The contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Lijiang is probably a nicer place to study Chinese, given its environment, beauty, access to the outdoors and variety of cultures.
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