Since 2008, the culture studio Smart Fish organises in Dali old town as well as in the Higherland Inn cultural activities to promote the Chinese culture: Han classical culture but also the ones of the various ethnic groups of South West China.

Come and practice calligraphy & traditional painting, enjoy Chinese music, deeply explore Chinese teas, learn about mnorities' tales and clothes or learn Mandarin Chinese!
Culture Exchange: At Higherland Guest house we aim to provide informal classes and sessions that strengthen understanding between cultures. We are looking for people to participate in the following areas. This can be on a short or long term basis. Please e-mail us if you are interested and welcome any advice.

Higherland Inn is the only peaceful and cozy guesthouse in Dali. Because it's away from crowds, and surrounded by forest, it offers a perfect place to relax and study. Except from the following items, we are also looking for people or small group to hold formal study sessions like: herbal, outdoors skill development, painting, eco tourism, environmental protection, and more as you want.

Cooking: Chinese and western. In Higherland Guesthouse, our cooking based on "Health", less oil, less meat, as Chinese saying "you eat what you get". We use fresh veggies, fresh herbs, fresh nuts, we do lots of fry because it's fast and easy, but we also do lots of western salad, soup, bread, cake and roasted dishes. Since we have many years experience of cooking, we need more knowledge of western cooking, then we can keep creating more healthy food which mixed Chinese and western cooking.

Language: English, French, and Chinese. As China is growing very fast, language skill is a great need for both Chinese and foreigner. More and more foreign company move in, more and more people get to know the profound culture of China. In Higherland Inn, we can serve you in English, French and Chinese. We are also very happy to help anyone who wants to study and practice Chinese.

The culture studio Smart Fish is teaching Mandarin Chinese in Dali Old Town. The teacher, a Jiangsu native well-versed in classical Chinese traditions and qualified from Shanghai and Beijing universities, is teaching Chinese with a dynamic and interactive approach. Know more on or give the teacher a call at 135 0872 3270.

Meditation, Yoga, Taichi: Higherland Guesthouse has sunny terrace, grassland, indoor room, even Taoism cave for you to meditate, practice Yoga with Liping (Melanie) and practice Taichi Taoist monk. Chinese Tuina and Massage: We just start taking our massage course down town, (2006/6) we know very experienced teacher in Dali, if anyone interested to learn Chinese Tuina or massage, we will be very happy to help you set up.

Since 2008, a new yoga teacher, Satmukh (French but teaching in English, Chinese and French languages) is practicing and teaching at the Higherland Inn as well as in Dali Old Town, in the center Xiao Yao Guan. His teaching is focusing on Kundalini Yoga: making full use of your inner energy (qi, prajna) through meditation, breathing exercices and some mantras that help meditating.
You can give him a call at 136 0882 4831 or get to know more through teh website and

Taoism, Buddhism: In the modern China now, most people doesn't have very strong religion belief, but Taoism and Buddhism still influence subtly in many parts of people's life. They are the roots of Chinese spiritual life. Dali, the Bai people still has the strong belief of Taoism and Buddhism. You can easily see it during festival, in the village and some ceremonies. Any guest has the knowledge about it will be very welcomed to share with others and discuss with us.

Chinese Chess, Majong, Calligraphy: Free to study, free to play, free to enjoy your happy times in our guesthouse, you can challenge our staff or play with other guests.

hinese Tea and wine: When the world is more and more polluted, people need more and more "green food". Tea suddenly plays an important role in the list of "HEALTHY". Green tea is well known for a long time, but Puer tea (kind of green tea specialty of Yunnan, it's golden brown or dark red, like black tea) just gets very popular in the last few years. It tastes very mellow, lasts many drinks, burns fat and warms up stomach. It tastes better when it gets older, it's the most potentional investment among tea lovers. The most of wine factories in China are cooperating with French or Australia companies. They are producing the most products are light and sweet to meet Chinese taste. But in Higherland Guesthouse we do have good recommendation of good Chinese wine. Drink tea in the garden with pets while sip wine with great dinner meal is real relaxation in Higherland Inn far from pollution.

For all enquiries regarding ways and opportunities to know more about Yunnan and China's fascinating cultures, do not hesitate to contact us or to have a look at the website See you!
Tel: 0086 0872 2661599 or 13988539680

Add: Cangshan Daorendong, Dali old town
Yunnan, China, 671003
The Higherland Inn is a friend of the Sky & Sea Lodge, the collective Slow Motion,
the trekking agency Amiwa Trek, the culture studio Smart Fish and the Yoga studio Yoga Gaia.