Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, enjoys great fame for its wonderful landscapes. One of the most famous attractions is the Stone Forest (Shilin).
Shilin Stone Forest China (also known as The Stone Forest China) is a notable set of karst formations located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province, China.
Shilin Stone Forest China lies in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, at the middle of Yunnan Province. Shilin Stone Forest is a bit more than 70 kilometers from Kunming. The climate belongs to the subtropical low latitude monsoon climate, with an average temperature of 16?. It’s a large-scale comprehensive tourism area incorporating natural scenery, national customs, leisure and holiday, and scientific research.
Shilin Stone Forest covers an area of 400 square kilometers (96,000 acres) and includes both large and small stone forests, as well as many other scenic spots.
Major Stone Forest, Minor Stone Forest and Naigu Stone Forest, all of which feature stones in various formations. Animals, plants, and even human figures can be found here. Some are elegant, some are rugged, and each is lifelike with its own distinguishing characteristics.
Subterranean Stone Forest in Zhiyun Cave, distributed underground among several caves and occupying a total area of about three square kilometers (720 acres).
Strange Wind Cave, composed of Penfeng Cave, Hongxi Spring and an underground river. From August to November, gales lasting two to three minutes sweep out of the cave every 30 minutes.
Long Lake is a karsts lake that is three kilometers (two miles) long but only 300 meters (zero point two miles) wide. The lake features underwater stalagmites and stalactites and a small island in the center of the water.
The source of the Dadie Waterfall, Ba River, is a branch of Nanpan River. In the rainy season, up to 150 cubic meters (196 cubic yards) of water per square inch plummet down the 88 meter (288 feet) drop.
There are a lot of tall rocks emanated from the ground, like stalagmites. Amazingly many of these stones and rocks look like trees made of stone, thus it is called Stone Forest or Shilin in Chinese Pinyin.
In 2007, Shilin Forest Stone was declared as World Heritage by UNESCO. The karst topography is among the most unique geological landscapes in the world. With well-structured stone teeth, peak clusters, water-eroded caves, karst lakes, waterfalls and underground rivers, it???s a typical plateau karst ecological system and a solid panoramic picture. Go to Shilin Forest Stone China you can appreciate the fantastic stones formed 270 million years ago.
Yunnan Shilin Stone Forest area of 1100 square kilometers and having a protection area of 350 square kilometer, there are all kinds of unique natural sceneries. See bellow site map of Shilin Stone Forest:
According to the lay-out and features of the scenery, the scenic area is divided into eight sub areas: the Stone Forest Scenic Area, Heisongyan (Naigu) Stone Forest, Zhiyundong Cave, Changhu Lake, Feilong Waterfall (Dadieshui) Scenic Area, Kuishan National Forest Park, Yuehu Lake, and Qifengdong Cave. Among these, the Stone Forest Scenic Area (the key scenic area), Heisongyan Scenic Area, Feilong Waterfall Scenic Area and Changhu Lake Scenic Area have been developed and opened to tourists. In the Stone Forest Scenic Area, the key area, over 100 scenic spots familiar to tourists such as “Shilinshengjing (the highlight of the Stone Forest)”, “Qianjunyifa (in a most dangerous condition)”?, “Phoenix Combing Wings”? and Ashima are all here. Entering the scenic area is like entering the tunnel of time. You can feel the great works of Nature. Traveling in the maze below the sea, you can see barranca and stone peaks, just like a lively and grand natural painting.
In addition, there are more sights and scenic areas to be developed gradually for tourists.
The charm of the Stone Forest lies not only in the natural sights but also in the customs of the Sani people of Shilin County, for it is “the hometown of Ashima”?. In the endless stone peaks and red earth of Shilin, there are also precious national and historical culture resources. Sani People, a branch of Yi, have lived here for over 2000 years and are famous for their diligence, bravery and warmth. Yi culture typical of Ashima has rich connotations and great influence. What Ashima represents is not only the image of Shilin, but also that of Yunnan tourism. In Ashima culture, the most influential are “one poem”?, “one film”?, “one song” and “one festival”. The ancient narrative poem Ashima written in Yi characters has been translated into over 20 languages; adapted from this poem is Chinese first stereo film Ashima which enjoys a great reputation in the world; the Sani song Please Stay here, You Guest from afar is famous in the world; and the Torch Festival of Yi, which falls on the 24th of the 6th month of the lunar year and incorporates wrestling and bullfighting, is dubbed as the “Oriental Carnival?”.