the southwest of China on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau is located the city of
Yunnan a land bequeathed with the spectacular grandeur of nature. Extended
on an area of 394,000 sq. km and with a population of 40 million, the city
holds the charm of being the biggest regions in the China province.
Yunnan, treasures some of the most captivating sights of the region. The
capital, Kunming, as well as the cities of Lijiang hold immense interest for
The Formation of Stone Forest
The Stone Forest is situated 126-km southeast of Kunming, almost covering
an area of more than 300 sq. km. These Stone Forest are 270 million years
old as foretold by scientist, undertaking research in the area. It is
realized that, once the region was a tremendous expansion of water and was
lying beneath the sea. Over the years a hard layer of limestone sediment was
formed. Due to the crust movement and gradually retreating of water, the
seabed rose up gradually with a huge part of land, bedecked with erected
rocks looking like stone trees. These numerous rock forming the elevated
peaks extends over a vast area, looking like a dense forest of stone-rightly
giving it a name of "the Stone Forest".
The Stone Forest is one of the most important allure of Yunnan Region.
Forest at Glance
The forest is elevated at an altitude is 1760 m as
results the region enjoys an enduring pleasant weather, maintaining an
average temperature of 15.6 C throughout the year.
The Stone Forest is connected with Kunming both by
highway and railway, enjoying an easily accessible transport.
All sorts of accommodations are easily available in
the region, 5 star luxury hotels to low budget comfortable guesthouses.
Besides accommodation, there are many restaurants, stores and IDD services
available for the tourist.
Admission Fee: RMB 80 Recommended Time for a Visit:
Two hours Opening Hours: 08:30 to 18:00
Temptations of the Stone Forest
Meandering along the Stone Forest, tourists wonder at this magnum
opus and are absolutely spellbound by these erotic creations. The
splendid, bizarre and sideling panorama showcases numerous intricate views.
Major Stone Forest, Minor Stone forest and Naigu Stone Forest
These are the most erotic creation of stone in the area. Stones can be seen
forming various formations like animals, plants, and even the figures of
human beings. Some stones are smoothly shaped and some are rough, each one
displaying its distinctive feature.
Subterranean Stone Forest
These forests are in Zhiyun Cave, a subterranean stone forest extended over
a vast area, comprising of many caves, definitely a captivating sight.
Strange Wind Cave
This forest comprises of Penfeng Cave, Hongxi Spring and an underground
river. During the month of August to November, there are tremendous
windstorms taking place, normally lasting for about 2 to 3 minutes at an
interval of every 30 minutes, completely sweeping of the cave.
The lake holds the charm of underwater stalagmites and stalactites with an
attraction of a small island amidst the blue water. The lake is almost 3 km
long and about 300 m wide, making an ideal place for picnic.
Other Charm of the Stone Forest
The Torch Festival
The festival is celebrated on 24th of June of every lunar year. During this
time, the Stone Forest comes to life with an exceptionally jubilant, festive
atmosphere, making the entire region a more captivating sight.
The Stone Forest with the moldings chiseled by nature, always served as a
pristine marvel for its visitors.