Wednesday, August 27, 2008

China's Yunnan Stone Forest

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We could only think of forest consisting of mainly flora and fauna. Don't get me wrong because in China, there is a forest that consist of stones. You read it right, this one of-a-kind nature's marvel can be found in the district of Kunming in Yunnan, China. Known locally as Shilin, this region of karst formation covers 400 square kilometers that includes big and small stone forests making it the most important attraction of the entire province.


asia destinations, Yunnan Stone ForestResearch shows that 270 million years ago, the Stone Forest was a shallow sea before. As time goes by, lithosphere elements move that causes the water to retreat and the emerging of these limestone landscapes. Erosion of these elements mainly cause the existence of the modern-day Stone Forest. That mainly explains the existence of underground river, karst lake, underground stone forest and other attractions found here.


asia destinations, Yunnan Stone ForestSpeaking of attractions, Stone Forest has a lot to offer it's yearly visitors and tourists. There is the Subterranean Stone Forest, Strange Wind Cave, Long Lake, Major Stone Forest, Minor Stone Forest and Naigu Stone Forest. One of much-awaited events here is the Torch Festival which is held every lunar year of June 24. In this festivity, Sani people (natives of the place) along with the expectators take part in the traditional events such as wrestling, bull fighting, pole-climbing, dragon-playing, lion-dancing and the A-xi Moon Dance. This is also the best time for young men and women meet their future spouses. No other place like Stone Forest offers the best of both worlds: tradition and natural wonder.

24 comments:

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Beautiful!!!

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The Eternity Magazine said...

The Yunnan stone forest is exquisite. I would love to visit there someday.

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Traveling to a traditional place filled with wonders of nature can give us immense pleasure. While selecting the destination for travel, various reasons have to be considered to avoid painful situations.

Ericwipe287 said...

Nice scans. The natural heritage in China is on peak and they have preserved it well.

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Stone Forest is known as the 'First Wonder of the World'. You'll be amazed at its natural stone masterpieces.

Shan said...

Wow! Who would not marvel at those stone formations. Yunnan Stone Forest is one of the world’s most stunning natural creations.
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