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Southwestern China Sights

Stone Forest (Shílín)

  • Lu'nan Map It
  • Kunming
  • Geological Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/28/2013

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One of the most interesting sites near Kunming is a geological phenomenon known as the Stone Forest. This cluster of dark gray-limestone karst formations has been twisted into unusual shapes since being formed beneath the sea 270 million years ago. Many have been given names to describe their resemblance to creatures real (turtles) or mythological (phoenixes).

Walking through the park you'll find plenty of Sani women eager to act as guides and sell you their handicrafts.

The main trail become rather commercialized, but there are plenty of similar formations in other parts of the park. Stone Forest-bound Buses depart every 15 to 30 minutes from Kunming's East Bus Station, although hiring a car and driver is more convenient.

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Lu'nan, Kunming, 652200, China

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  • Y175
  • 24 hrs

Updated 05/28/2013


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