Exploring China – Part 3: The Stone Forest

Stone Forest Kunming

The Stone Forest is located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County in Yunnan Province about 120 kilometres from the provincial capital Kunming. The Stone Forest is a real natural wonder and covers an area of 400 square kilometres. The Stone forest region was a vast expanse of sea some 270 million years ago. Over the time the movements of the water caused erosion and the area developed the current shape of Stone Forest. The tall rocks seem to look like old grey trees creating an illusion of a forest made of stone, where the name comes from. Since 2007 the Stone Forest has been UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The area is very popular among the tourists, so the forest gate may get busy. I would recommend wearing good shoes and walking a bit further where it is quieter and you can experience this natural wonder on its best.

Stone Forest

Stone Forest

Butterflies in China

Butterflies in Stone Forest

Butterflies in Stone Forest

Butterflies in Stone Forest

Butterfly in Stone Forest

Stone Forest China

Stone Forest China

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3 thoughts on “Exploring China – Part 3: The Stone Forest

  1. That place looks great! Boulder climbers would have a field day! (Or what ever they’re called)
    Love ur 1st photo & those are some really good shots of butterflies!

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