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Stone Forest

Introducing Stone Forest, Stone Forest Guide, Stone Forest Travel Guide
Article from Kunming Municipal Commission of Tourism

Situated in Shilin Yi Autonomous County 80 km from Kunming, is a set of limestone formations in the manner of stalagmites, many of which resemble petrified trees creating the very real illusion of a forest made of stone. That is Stone Forest. Stone Forest is the result of the dissolution of limestone by wind and rain which commenced in the Permian Period, about 270 million years ago, and is ongoing.

According to legend, the Stone Forest is the birthplace of Ashima, a beautiful girl from the Yi people who was forbidden to marry her true lover and in anguish turned into stone in the forest that still bears her name. The Yi people celebrate their Torch Festival on the 24th day of the sixth lunar month with folk dances and other festive activities. Visitors can also experience the ethnic culture of the Sani people, a branch of the Yi people, who live in and around the area surrounding the Stone Forest.

The Stone Forest is a unique limestone formation which attracts tourists from all over the world.

Quick Facts on Stone Forest

Name: Stone Forest Location: 80 km from Downtown Kunming
Phone: +86-0871-67711439 (the Major Stone Forest)
              +86-0871-67717503 (the Major Stone Forest)
Best Time to Visit: All Year
Recommended Time for a Visit: 2 Hours
Opening Hours: 07:00 - 18:00
Admission Fee: CNY 175 (the Major Stone Forest); CNY 130 (the Major Stone Forest)

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