Situated in Lunan County, Stone Forest is 62 miles (100 kilometers) from Kunming City. A popular scenic spot in China, Stone Forest is composed of 7 scenic districts and occupies more than 150 square miles (400 square kilometers). The favorable climate, neither too cold in winter nor too hot in summer, makes it a great place to spend a holiday. It is one of the four greatest attractions in China, together with the Forbidden City in Beijing, Terracotta Army in Xian, and the mesmerizing nature scenes of Guilin.
Many years ago, the site of the Stone Forest used to be boundless sea, where plenty of limestone accumulated. Because of geological evolution and tectonic movement over time, the Stone Forest was created. The stone forest area is packed with impressive stones, which seem to break the earth simultaneously, standing solemnly and majestically. Some stones are as high as 130 feet (40 meters) tall, while some are only several meters high. On sunny days, the stones forest appears off-white while brown-black on rainy days.
Stone Forest is well known for its giant rock formations, breathtaking lakes, deep silent caves, and cascading waterfalls.
Visitors are not only intoxicated by the jaw-dropping scenery of Stone Forest, but also by its unique folk customs. On the fertile land around Stone Forest live the Sani People of the Yi nation. They create the Ashima culture and characteristic dances, working and reveling on the land.
Admission Ticket: 140 Yuan
Opening Time: 7：30－18：30
Recommended Visiting Time: about 4 hours
Location: Yi Ethnic Minority Autonomous County, Yunnan Province
How to get there: Coaches shuttling between Kunming city and Stone Forest Scenic Area are easily available in Long Distance Bus Station near train station. Visitors could get there by coach from Kunming.