Welcome to Shílín

Yes, it’s packed to the gills, every single rock is affixed with a cheesy poetic moniker, Sani women can be persistent in sales, and it’s all pricey as hell. Yet, idyllic, secluded walks are within 2km of the centre and by sunset or moonlight Shílín becomes other-worldly. To avoid the crowds, arrive early and avoid weekends.

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$62 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kunming Private Day Tour of the Stone Forest

The Stone Forest is a remarkable set of limestone formations located in Yunnan Province China, near Shilin and approximately 120 kilometers from the provincial capital Kunming. At this unique place you'll see tall rocks that seem to rise from the ground in the manner of stalagmites, thereby creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. Your tour will take you through the entire Stone Forest; which includes the Greater Stone Forest, the Lesser Stone Forest, the Outer Stone Forest, and the Stone Forest Lake.Be prepared to be amazed by these incredible natural formation. You will spend a few hours walking through the winding trails as you learn from your guide about the legends behind these impressive but (just as equally) strange stone formations. Once the walking tour has concluded you will enjoy a local lunch before being driven back to your hotel in Kunming.

$186 Cultural & Theme Tours

One-day Tour Stone Forest & Jiuxiang Caves from Kunming

At 9am, your guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby then drive about 95km to the Naigu Stone Forest (Shilin) ------- the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006. You'll walk in pathways in the forest of capped limestone formations. After exploring around it for about two hours, you will have lunch in a local Yi restaurant. After lunch, in the afternoon, after 40 mins driving, you'll reach Jiuxiang Cave, which is known as the "museum of Karst caves," Jiuxiang boasts more than 100 Karst caves and is the largest cave group system in China. In the cave, you'll see stunning natural wonders with rivers, twin waterfalls, rock bridges.  After exploring two hours in the cave, we will drive about 2 hours back to Kunming city and you'll be dropped off at your hotel lobby around 7pm. If you want to visit other natural or cultural wonders in Yunnan, don't hesitate to reach us out.