Stone Forest Shilin

Stone Forest Kunming Yunnan
Kunming stone forest is a natural marvel. This sea of rocks represents an ageless, magical landscape where limestone peaks intermingle. Venture into this labyrinth of stone. Sometimes the trail may surprisingly lead to a pond or a staircase at the end of which a pavilion offers a panoramic view of this ocean of strange shapes.

Formation of the Stone Forest

About 270 million years ago, southern China was completely submerged. With the deformations of the earth's crust and the evaporation of water, the entire region became a set of karst peaks. The most impressive and majestic are in Guangxi, in the renowned area of Guilin. Given the sinking to the west of the country, the peaks gradually lose height ending in Kunming. In this natural park of 6,424 acres, only 197 acres are open to the public, but this does not reduce the splendor of these stone forests, which date back to the creation of the world. The peaks of grey limestone give the appearance of ruins; thus, this site is considered as a stone forest. Once there, you will be bewitched by the intricate formation.

A Labyrinth of Stone Forest

Trails have been built in this maze of grey stone forest and vegetation. Any visitor can walk 5 kilometers in this ageless landscape. Considering the organization of these limestone peaks, you have a chance to sneak into an endless labyrinth interspersed with ponds and stairs that give access to pavilions. Once there, one may be embraced by this sea of rocks. For more stunning views, it is possible to move away from the main trail. It is very common for Chinese tourists who gave poetic names to the strange stone forms. Nevertheless, one must be careful because the stone forest is very dense and it is easy to get lost.

Visit the Stone Forest in the Moonlight

Some say that the best time to visit is the moonlight. With light and the effects of the moon on the rocks, these may be one of China's most magical places at night.

Sani Ethnic Village

Home of Sani ethnic group, the stone forest people still contains a village of this minority group. Women often propose to serve as a guide, and it is also possible to attend traditional dances in the small stone forest amphitheater, Xiao Shilin.

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