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Stone Forest of Kunming is well-known as “One of Earth’s Natural Wonders”. Attracted by its unique formations and grand scenes, an increasing number of tourists from home and abroad have come here. It is also one of the most famous and important scenic spots in Kunming, just like an old local saying goes, “If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time.”
Stone Forest is located in Shilin County, 86 kilometers southeast of Kunming. Covering an area of 400 square kilometers, it includes both the large and small stone forests, as well as many other scenic spots. Since it is a typical karst physiognomy, these numerous stone pillars and boulders springing from the ground vary in different shapes, like the forms of animals, plants and human figures etc. Also, due to a process of weathering and erosion for years, nature has created this art gallery of stone sculpture here for people. If standing on the top of one stone, you can behold thousands of peaks and valleys, which just like a marvelous stone forest. The roads winding among the peaks, will take visitors to unexpected and beautiful scenes.
Geological research has shown that Stone Forest can be traced back to nearly 270 million years ago, during the carboniferous period of the Paleozoic era. It is also said that this area used to be a vast ocean; and over time movements of the lithosphere gradually caused a retreat of waters and the rise of the limestone landscape. After years of erosion by natural elements, it finally comes into the present-day spectacular Stone Forest.
Here is a warm tip for your attention. Since Stone Forest is a large scenic spot, roads among the stones are long and uneven. However, it will be a memorable experience to admire nature’s masterpiece.