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Day Three: Shilin scenic spot

After a day around downtown Kunming, it’s time to go to the city’s remote areas for more exciting places. Under the circumstance, the Shilin scenic spot is highly recommended.

Shilin scenic spot in Shilin Yi autonomous county is nearly 70 km from downtown Kunming. It’s a must-visit scenic spot featuring unique natural scenery and ethnic customs.

The scenic spot, which covers 1,100 square kilometers, is divided into eight parts with the major highlights being the stone forest, a waterfall and a forest park. Shilin literally means stone forest in Chinese. Formed 270 million years ago, the stone forest features karst landscapes and has the reputation of being “a natural museum of Karst landforms”.

The place is also home to the Sani people, a tribe originating from the Yi over the past 2,000 years. On the 24th day of the sixth lunar month, a torch festival is celebrated among the Sani people with interesting and impressive activities.

Formed 270 million years ago, the Shilin stone forest features karst landscapes. [Photo/IC]

Address: Shilin Middle Rd, Shilin Yi autonomous county, Kunming
Ticket price: 130 yuan
Free admission for children under 6 years old or under 1.2 meters and visitors over 70 years old with valid certificates
Half price for children between 6 and 18 years old, visitors between 60 and 70 years old and full-time students with valid certificates
Tel: +86-871-67719006

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Last Updated: May 10, 2019

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