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About Shilin

Shilin Yi Autonomous County is located in the southeastern part of Kunming City. It was formerly known as Lunan Yi Autonomous County and was renamed for the UNESCO World Heritage site, Shilin (Stone Forest) geological park, in the region. Shilin is an important tourist county in Yunnan with a unique and remarkable karst landform. The Shilin National Scenic Area spans a wide range, including large and small stone forests, Dadieshui Waterfall and the Long Lake. Shilin Snow Ice and Ocean World is also built in the area, with a large aquarium and an indoor ski resort.

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Stone Forest
8,129 Reviews
Geological Sites
The Stone Forest is one of Kunming’s must-see sites. Boasting a classic karst topography, the Stone Forest is full of rocky peaks, jagged rocky outcroppings, water caves, and underground rivers. The Stone Forest is centered around the Major Stone Forest and Minor Stone Forest scenic areas. The Minor Stone Forest is thick with outcroppings of rocky peaks, and the Ashima Stone stands here, named after the legendary Yi maiden who turned into the stone when she was forbidden to marry the one she loved. At the Major Stone Forest scenic area, visitors can enjoy the reflection of the Stone Forest in the Lion Pool, or take a boat ride on the Stone Forest Lake.
Shilin Ice and Snow Ocean World
1,105 Reviews
Shilin Ice and Snow Ocean World is located on Shilin Avenue and comprises a polar area, an ocean aquarium, and a dolphinarium. You can see all kinds of marine animals at Shilin Ice and Snow Ocean World. There are also exciting performances such as mermaid and dolphin shows. This is a great place to visit with children. See polar animals in the polar area: penguins, beluga whales, sea lions, seals, and more!
Ashima Incarnation Stone
282 Reviews
Geological Sites
The Ashima Incarnation Stone is located in Kunming's East Shilin Scenic Area. Ashima is a fictional girl with great beauty and wisdom who exists in the local myths and legends of Yunnan's Yi ethnicity. Her love with Aheige and their combined will to resist repressive powers is known by everyone. The movie Ashima, which was made in the 1960s, told her story to audiences within China and around the world. The beauty of Ashima is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people. A rock formation which is shaped like Ashima can be found in the Shilin Scenic Area; it is a very famous scenic spot as well as a place for people to commemorate Ashima and her beautiful story.
70 Reviews
Geological Sites
5 km northwest of Shilin, Kunming, east of Ma'an at the junction of Beida Village and Shuitangpu Village

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Trip Moments

When thousands of trees are brought together, they will form a whole forest. But what if it is a stone?
Kunming has one such wonder, born 270 million years ago, with the oldest karst landforms in the world with the longest history, the widest distribution area, complete types and unique forms. It covers a large number of karst landform types on the earth and constitutes a panoramic map of karst geological features, which is known as "the first wonder of the world."
"Stone Forest, the rock is high in dozens of miles, climbing can be started, among them, there are strange rocks, such as thousands of teams riding, dangerous and caves, if the nine strangers, the color is green, inlaid and exquisite, looking for After the exhaustion, there is a cold flow like snow..."
"Stone Forest" mentioned in "Lu Nan Zhou" refers to the Shilin Scenic Area, which is one of the earliest records of Shilin history. .
Shilin Scenic Area is located in the center of the Shilin World Geopark in Yunnan, including the Whistle Mountain in the northwest, the Dashilin and Xiaoshilin in the center, the Wannian Ganoderma Lucidum in the south and the Liziyuan in the east. It is magnificent, rich in style, with a blend of pride and beauty, and resonates with interest and rhyme, which is definitely the most representative scenic spot.
The light of civilization can leave paintings or statues on the rocks, and the power of nature leaves wind, rain and snow on the rocks. Human civilization has always been traced, but nature's ingenuity has no speculation. A 300-year-old Zeguo, after a long and complicated geological evolution, has become a karst spectacle, and the mountains and rocks have become a forest matrix. In a variety of ways, it is amazing, it is amazing.
Posted: Dec 18, 2018