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. Make Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park a part of your Shilin County vacation plans using our Shilin County tour planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    We were lucky there were three other people who wanted to share a taxi for the day, this costed 600RMB in total. There are public busses (look on other's reviews for directions). Entrance is 175 pp, c...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    This is an impressive array of limestone rocks that have been carved over the millennia into their current shapes the natural forces of water and wind as well as by seismic activity. It is a surreal l...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    On a blue skied sunny day in July this was undoubtedly a picturesque park to visit and wonder around. This experience is marred however but the ludicrous number of other tourists (predominantly domest...  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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