The Stone Forest – Kunming, Yunnan

Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, enjoys great fame among tourists not only because the region features a consistently warm climate, but also thanks to its wonderful vistas and landscapes. Among the most dramatic of these attractions is the Stone Forest (ShiLin), known since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.) as the ‘First Wonder of the World.’

Geologists say the Stone Forest is a typical example of karsts topography. Approximately 270 million years ago – during the carboniferous period of the Paleozoic era – the region was a vast expanse of sea. Over time, the movements of the lithosphere gradually caused a retreat of the waters and the rise of the limestone landscape. Due to constant erosion by the elements, the area finally developed into the present-day Stone Forest.


Deng Xin, Shao Bai, and Mr. Liu. Deng Xin is my trainer from Chengdu. She and Shao Bai are in Kunming studying a different form of Yoga. Mr. Liu, as far as I could figure out, is also one of Deng Xin’s clients who has business in Kunming. He had a car and driver and took us around on Saturday.

I knew there would be yoga involved. Apparently, it is illegal to take photos in China unless someone is in them. Usually, there is at least one person making the peace sign with their fingers.
We climbed more stairs than I have climbed since we did the Great Wall 10 years ago.

I could do that if I wanted to.


~ by Sara on March 23, 2009.

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