Stone Forest

Stone Forest

Covering over 300 kilometres, the towering kart pinnacles of the Stone Forest (or Shilin) create a mysterious illusion of woodland. Made up of many smaller stone forests, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage listed as part of the South China Karst area, the formations you see here today were formed over 270 million years by erosion and seismic activity. As you wander through the maze of giant pseudo-stalagmites, stumbling across caves, waterfalls and lakes, it’s easy to see why the area has so many legends associated with it.

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Six Facts About The Stone Forest

It is believed that 270 million years ago the area which is now the Stone Forest was under a shallow sea.

Within the Stone Forest, you’ll be able to see every type of limestone karst landforms.

The Naigu Stone Forest and Suogeyi Village are UNESCO World Heritage Sites as part of the greater South China Karst.

Look out for formations such as ‘Camel on Elephant’ and ‘Seven Elders Gathering’.

Some of the formations reach up to 30 metres in height.

There are many legends associated with the area, the most famous of which is Ashima, a Sani girl who was turned to stone.


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