Visit the remarkable Stone Forest (Shilin)
where strangely eroded pinnacles form
surreal shapes and images. Here the stone
columns protrude skyward surrounded by
trees and small sparkling pools in a striking
area recognised by UNESCO World Heritage
as part of the South China Karst. As is common in China, many of the natural features are given fanciful names such as Beautiful Maiden Ascending from the Water and Rhinocerous Looking at the Moon. You'll have to use your imagination to recognise the shapes! This region
is also known for its ethnic minority groups
and you are likely to encounter local people
in traditional costume as you walk around.
The Stone Forest can be accessed as a day
tour from Kunming, which is the provincial
capital of Yunnan and is known as the
City of Eternal Spring.
Lijiang is the cultural and historical treasure
of Yunnan Province and is set in one of the
most beautiful areas of the country. The city’s
atmospheric Old Town is listed as a UNESCO
World Heritage Site and features cobbled
streets, small waterways and traditional
buildings. The pretty gardens and temples
at Black Dragon Pool possess a beauty that
A truly spectacular aspect of the local scenery
is Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest
and most dramatic gorges in the world. This
breath-taking landscape can be experienced
with a trek along local trails. Another natural
highlight is Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
whose snowy peak is the backdrop to Lijiang.
Take a cable car to one of the high meadows
to experience the fresh mountain air and enjoy
the fabulous views.