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Stone Forest

It is a massive otherworldly landscape of karst formations over 270 million years old.
* History: unkown
* Distance from downtown: 91Km / 1.3Hours Drive
* Entrance fee: RMB 175 p/p
* Open Hours: 7:00~18:30
* Address: Kunming Shilin County     * TEL: 0871-7711439
* Best visiting time: All year around

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The Stone Forest is situated in the Lunan Yu Autonomous County 126 kilometers southeast of Kunming. Covering an area of three-hundred square kilometers (or 186 miles). The stone forest is a massive otherworldly landscape of karst formations over 270 million years old. Over the millennia seismic activity and water and wind erosion have carved the present-day limestone formations.

Exposed to rains and winds, eroded by the elements, the limestone ranges were shaped by time. About 200 million years ago numerous stone peaks, pillars, and stalagmites rose abruptly from the ground and towered into the sky, extending now as far as the eye can see, looking like a vast forest of stone.

The giant stalagmite-like pillars create huge arrays of labyrinths that are easy to become lost in. Shillin is divided into many smaller stone forests and features caves, waterfalls, ponds, a lake with an island, and even an underground river. Two of the smaller individual stone forests, Naigu Stone Forest and Suogeyi Village, are a part of the South China Karst, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of Shillin’s most famous attractions is the Ashima Stone, which legend says was formed after the beautiful Sani girl, Ashima, ran into the forest and was turned to stone after being forbidden to marry the man she loved. Every year on June 24 the local Sani people hold the time-honored Torch Festival at Shilin, which features many “traditional performances such as wrestling, bull fighting, pole-climbing, dragon-playing, lion-dancing, and the A-xi Moon Dance.”

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