Stone Forest

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Stone Forest


Maximum number of tourists: 20
Price per tour: 80 USD
Duration: 6 hours
Distance: 78 km
Tour by: timmy tao (Date: 18.10.2012)

Tour description

One of the most famous sights in Yunnan and all of China is the Stone Forest (Shilin). Located about 85 kilometers from Kunming and covering an area of about 400 square kilometers it has the nickname "the first wonder of the world". The Stone Forest is a Karst formation that is dated back around 270 million years when the area was under sea water. As the land changed and the water subsided, erosion created the thousands of stone peaks of all shapes and sizes we see today. From a distance the formation can look like a forest of trees, which gives it its name.

A number of different sections make up the large area each with its own attractions. Greater Stone Forest has the most well known peaks resembling almost anything, from people and animals to flowers and birds. There is also Lesser and Outer Stone Forests. The Rock of Ashima in the Lesser Forest is the best known sight in Shinlin which resembles a girl from the local Sani people, who are members of the Yi ethnic group. They have their lively Torch Festival every June 24th which is a great opportunity to see the local culture with traditional performances.

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