Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park, Shilin County

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Get a close-up look at some of the Earth's most iconic natural oddities at Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park, a World Heritage Site home to a vast sea of jagged rock formations. The park spans a huge swathe of forested landscape, punctuated by the area's famous limestone peaks, known alternatively as "karst." You'll find that the clusters of ridges and formations, some of which reach heights of 40 m (131 ft), give the appearance of stone trees and lend the park its name. Wander the network of paved pathways through the main clusters, where you'll find all sorts of crevices and side canyons splitting off from the main route. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as the terrain can occasionally be rough on the feet. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park by using our Shilin County route planner.
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  • The stone formations are spectacular and the landscape very nice. We spent several areas there just wandering around. The Yi minority lives in the area and many of the people were in the traditional c...  more »
  • It is not cheap for westerners visiting China any more, and especially expensive if you book guided english speaking tours.  On our recent trip, we spent one day at the beautiful Stone Forest.   A gui...  more »
  • Prior to visiting we weren't sure what to expect. Well, what a (pleasant) surprise. It's amazing what nature can produce. The karst formations are fantastic. There are hidden reflective pools, curtain...  more »

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Shilin County's urban area to the west of the World Heritage Site offers a selection of places to stay. Some high-rise, modern hotels have cropped up in recent years, with plenty of rooms and standard facilities; meanwhile, more established guesthouses and hostels provide particularly good options for budget-conscious travelers. Most visitors make a day trip to Shilin County from the city of Kunming, located under two hours' drive to the west. There, you have a wide choice of accommodations across the city.
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