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Shilin (石林)National Park,[1] in Karst region, Yunnan province, South of China. In UNESCO since 2007. This is a UNESCO listed site of remarkable Karst geography.

The stone forest near Kunming

Get in[edit]

Buses, from Kunming, East bus station. Train, 60Y, takes about 2 hours.

From eastern bus station, ¥29 to Stone Forest, other buses may charge ¥90 for the same trip (note that while this is a short trip, it is in a bus station, as of a new rule in China around 2010 passport or driver licences may be required, however there were only a few who got asked, I personally {non-chinese person} did not take mine and went through with no troubles) if one of the tours working in front of the train station assist you to find your bus their ¥10 commission will be added to your fare

If returning by the same bus that got you there it is another ¥29, which will take you back to the eastern bus station. If you are not prepared to deal with cabbies and private drivers out the front who insist on high prices and not running their meters, walk back from the main entrance through the subway station, and then around the back of the eastern bus station, (better yet follow the streams of people who are mostly going to the various local bus stations) and either take the subway or the public buses ¥1-3. Bus K9 will take you to Renmin Road, which is the main drag in Kunming, there you can either walk to many hotels or hail an honest cabbie easily.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Stone Forest National Park - Entry is pricey at ¥175 per person per day; ¥5 for chinese only map

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Good weekend trip and lots to see. Take picture with girls Bai minority dressed in colorful dresses.

TIPs if full of people: Don't spend time in the first part of the park. But go in the back via the main road and come back via path inside the stone forest.

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Very good Youth Hostel (¥160 for doubles) or can get room at the Summer Hotel inside the nature reserve for around ¥200 for good a/c double room.

Other possibility, sleep in Kunming

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Get Out[edit]

If returning by the same bus that got you there it is another ¥29, which will take you back to the eastern bus station. If you are not prepared to deal with cabbies and private drivers out the front who insist on high prices and not running their meters, walk back from the main entrance through the subway station, and then around the back of the eastern bus station, (better yet follow the streams of people who are mostly going to the various local bus stations) and either take the subway or the public buses ¥1-3. Bus K9 will take you to Renmin Road, which is the main drag in Kunming, there you can either walk to many hotels or hail an honest cabbie easily. Please note that the buses only accept correct change and the fair is a flat rate of either ¥1 or ¥2. You can use larger notes however no change will be given.

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