Sanqu Stone Forest

Updated: Nov 26, 2018 govt.chinadaily.com.cn Print

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Sanqu Stone Forest is located in Changshan county, Quzhou, about 10 kilometers from urban area. The 27.58-square-kilometer scenic area boasts unique Karst landform, with stones of bizarre shapes spreading all over the place. It is regarded as a “wonder in south region of the Yangtze River” and the “grand stone forest in East China”.

The stone forest, mainly composed of peak clusters, is a huge ancient reef formed in the late Ordovician ( about 440 million years ago) but still in its infancy. Stone buds and dissolved trenches can be observed in micro-geomorphology views. The 4A-graded attraction is an important area for studying the history of Paleozoic era in South China.

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Stepping into the secluded stone forest, one will be amazed by the stunning spectacle of stone mazes, castles and bridges. For hundreds of years, the scenery have inspired a great number of literati, including Yu Qian of Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), the author of Ode to Limestone.

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Since 2012, Changshan, the county of grapefruits, has invested more than 60 million yuan ($8.94 million) to upgrade the services and infrastructures in the scenic spot. Sanqu Stone Forest Scenic Area has become a boutique tourist area and a popular attraction for sightseeing and adventures.

Address: Songgui village, Changshan county, Quzhou, Zhejiang province
Tel: 0570-5455921; 0570-5110666
Opening hours: 8:30 - 16:30
Ticket price: free
Note: visitors should show their identity cards or passports when entering the scenic area.

 

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