Shilin (Stone Forest) Photo Gallery and Information Page

Tours Featuring Shilin:
Yunnan Highlands Local Culture 11-Day Tour (CIT004): Kunming – Shilin (Stone Forest) – Jiuxiang Caverns – Dali –
Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge –
Xianggelila (Shangri-la)
Taste of Yunnan 8-Day Discount Tour (CITYN8): Kunming – Shilin (Stone Forest) – Jiuxiang Caverns – Dali – Lijiang

Map of China showing the location of Shilin

Shilin, whose name literally means “Stone Forest,” is internationally known for its striking “karst” formations—limestone towers that rise up from the ground like gigantic stalagmites or petrified trees. The area is also home to many members of China’s Yi ethnic group.

BASIC FACTS:
Chinese Name: 石林 (pinyin: Shílín)
Province: Yunnan
Weather: pleasantly warm but humid summers; short, mild, dry winters

Shilin Photos

The photos below show some of the sights and attractions that you will see on our tours that include Shilin. Please refer to individual itineraries for specific information about the attractions featured on each tour.

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A panoramic view of part of the Stone Forest
(photo by Gilad Rom)
Miniature “mountain-and-water” landscapes
(photo by Kent Wang)
Lush flowers and grass
(photo by Mark Kao*)
Rock and sky
(photo by Kent Wang)
Jagged peaks of karst in Yunnan's Stone Forest A karst formation called Elephant on a Platform in the Stone Forest
A pavilion affords a fantastic view
(photo by Mark Kao*)
Jagged rock formations
(photo by CIT’s Anna Qin*)
“Elephant on a Platform”
(photo by CIT)
Brantley from CIT posing with a local guide in Yunnan's Stone Forest A stairway climbing between high stone walls in Yunnan's Stone Forest A tour guide from the Yi ethnic group stands next to a hole in a karst formation in the Stone Forest
An expert local
guide will lead you

(photo by CIT)
up stairs between
sheer rock faces,

(photo by CIT)
under precariously perched boulders,
(photo by Eric Chan)
and through holes in the karst formations
(photo by CIT’s Anna Qin*)
Carefully tended trees and grass complement the karst formations of the Stone Forest Local people carry loads up a path in Yunnan's Stone Forest Performers from the Yi minority ethnic group sing and dance at Yunnan's Stone Forest
Admire the harmony of trees,
grass, flowers, ponds, and rocks

(photo by CIT)
Observe and interact with locals
(photo by CIT)
Watch local culture performances
(photo by CIT)
Vendors selling fruit outside Yunnan's Stone Forest A stall selling clothing in the style of Yunnan's ethnic minorities
Fruit and snack vendors
in Shilin’s outdoor market

(photo by CIT)
Vendors selling local fashions
and other memorabilia

(photo by CIT)
Shilin: Unforgettable beauty
(photo by Gilad Rom)
(photo by Kent Wang) (photo by Kent Wang)

* Unlicensed photos are used by permission of the photographer.

Tours Featuring Shilin:
CIT004 icon - 75 x 75
Yunnan Highlands Local Culture 11-Day Tour (CIT004)
Kunming – Shilin (Stone Forest) – Jiuxiang Caverns – Dali – Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge –
Xianggelila (Shangri-la)
CITYN8 icon - 75 x 75
Taste of Yunnan 8-Day Discount Tour (CITYN8)
Kunming – Shilin (Stone Forest) –
Jiuxiang Caverns – Dali – Lijiang

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