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Stone Forest in Yunnan province, China

Duration: 1 day
Start: Kunming

270 million years old trees of stone, late 8th-century Buddhist temple & Chinese city culture.



Would you like to know how a 270 million years old stone tree looks like? Tall rocks seem to emanate from the ground, such as stalagmites do. Many look like petrified trees thereby creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. These formations are caused by the dissolution of limestone.
After you enjoyed this surprising Shilin Stone Forest, you will return to Kunming. 


Start and End of the Shilin Stone Forest and Kunming excursion

Best is to start this excursion in Kunming. Your private car will be waiting for you after breakfast at your hotel in Kunming. Our driver and guide will be waiting for you in the lobby.
It's approximately a 100 km drive from Kunming to Stone Forest in Shilin.
You will be back to your hotel before dinner time.


Tips, remarks, and ideas

  1. You can read more about the objects you visit during this excursion in "highlights in and around Kunming".
  2. In Kunming, you can visit the old Yuantong Temple; the most famous Buddhist temple in Kunming. The temple was first built in the late 8th and early 9th century, the time of the Nanzhao Kingdom.
  3. To end the day we advice you to stroll around in the urban Green Lake Park, which was plotted in the 17th century. Get to understand how Chinese enjoy themselves: exercising, dancing, play music, and singing in various specialized groups. Originally, the lake was a water reservoir for the city.