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Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park, Shilin County

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Geologic Formation Landmark
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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Where to stay in Shilin County

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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  • The stone formations are really unique and one of a kind. A must see while in Kunming. To travel cheap we took a 2 hour bus ride from Kunming Bus Station and stayed at a hotel near the Stone Forest fo...  more »
  • Being a world heritage site does sort of allow you to bump up the entrance fee somewhat but actually the 200 yuan fee was justified. We spent over 4 hours exploring this natural park. It takes about 9...  more »
  • Booked a normal Taxi from Kunmig and back for only 600.- CNY to go there. It was worth the money! Really impressive huge natural stones and not too crowded. Didn't see such before.  more »