Shilin Stone Forest – Yunnan, China
The Stone Forest or Shilin (石林) is a notable set of limestone formations about 500 km2 located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province, People's Republic of China, near Shilin approximately 90 km (56 mi) from the provincial capital Kunming.
The tall rocks seem to arise from the ground in a manner somewhat reminiscent of stalagmites, or with many looking like petrified trees, thereby creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. Since 2007, two parts of the site, the Naigu Stone Forest (乃古石林) and Suogeyi Village (所各邑村), have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites as part of the South China Karst. The site is classified as a AAAAA-class tourist site.
Stone Forest has the most unique karst landform in the world. It’s a geographical miracle and a giant precious art gallery of the natural stone landscape.
It is reputed as “First Wonder under the Heaven” and enjoys a high reputation in world geography circles.
One of the most famous attractions includes the Minor Forest. The most famous attraction in the Minor Stone Forest is Ashima Stone.
According to the Legend, Ashima was a beautiful and brave Yi girl who fought against powerful forces to pursue freedom and at last she turned into a stone, and this stone is called the Ashima Stone.