Stone Forest Travel Guide

Located 90 km east of Kunming, Stone Forest (called Shilin in Chinese) comprises an exposed bed of limestone spires that been weathered and split into intriguing clusters for million years. Approximately 270 million years ago, the region was a vast expanse of sea. Over time, the movements of the lithosphere gradually caused a retreat of the waters and the rise of the limestone landscape. Due to constant erosion by the elements, the area finally developed into the present-day appearance. You will indulge in the surreal landscape via narrow, winding trails.

Kunming Stone Forest

What to see in Stone Forest

It is one of those amazing natural formations that will awe anyone visiting it for the first time. While walking through the site, visitors marvel at the natural stone masterpieces and are bewitched by the intricate formations.

The magnificent, strange and steep landscape creates countless labyrinthine vistas, including: Major Stone Forest, Minor Stone Forest and Naigu Stone Forest, all of which feature stones in various formations. Animals, plants, and even human figures can be found here. Some are elegant, some are rugged, and each is lifelike with its own distinguishing characteristics.

Travel Tips for Stone Forest

Amazing Karst Geography of Stone Forest

Amazing Karst Geography of Stone Forest


  • Please wearing low heel shoes, such as rubber shoes, cloth shoews or travel shoes.
  • Please do not taking photos while walking to climbing, in case of accidents. Pay attention to the steep precipices and cliffs.

Best Time to Travel Kunming

Seasonal View of Stone Forest

See different seasonal views of Stone Forest.


It is fine to visit Kunming all year round, as the saying goes, ‘the weather is always like that of early spring, and the flowers bloom all the year round in Kunming’. The annual temperature averages around 15 C, but there is usually a big difference of temperature between day and night during winter (November to next February). May to October is the rainy season there, so take a raincoat and a light overcoat with you. The dry season is from November to the next April, when around 20 days of a month are sunny. So take warm clothing for cold night and carry sunglass and apply sun block during the day when you travel at this time.

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