Kunming and the Stone Forest, Yunnan

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Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Kunming and the Stone Forest, Yunnan, China.

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The limestone pinnacles in the Stone Forest at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China, can be up to 30 meters high. This pinnacle is said to be a petrified Sani girl named Ashima who watches for her lover Ahei. Kunming, Tower Bridge, Mount Rushmore, Mountains, Watches, World, Travel, Turismo, China

The limestone pinnacles in the Stone Forest at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China, can be up to 30 meters high. This pinnacle is said to be a petrified Sani girl named Ashima who watches for her lover Ahei.

The wavy Karst rock formations at the Stone Forest at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China, formed over 270 million years old when the area was below sea level. Kunming, Rock Formations, Sea Level, New York Skyline, Journey, China, Stone, Green, Travel

The wavy Karst rock formations at the Stone Forest at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China, formed over 270 million years old when the area was below sea level.

The Fish Watching Pavilion stands in the center of Green Lake Park in Kunming, Yunnan, China. Locals come to this park to hang out, play majiang, sing and dance. Green Lake Park, Kunming, Pavilion, Hanging Out, China, Fish, Dance, Play, Mansions

The Fish Watching Pavilion (1692) stands in the center of Green Lake Park in Kunming, Yunnan, China. Locals come to this park to hang out, play majiang, sing and dance.

Several ornamental pools are between the eroded limestone formations in the Stone Forest at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China. Kunming, Pools, Tourism, Scenery, Ornaments, Travel, Outdoor, Beaded Jewelry, Blog

Several ornamental pools are between the eroded limestone formations in the Stone Forest at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China.

The Yunnan Art Museum in Kunming, Yunnan, China, occupies a era building which once housed the Provincial Museum. Kunming, San Francisco Ferry, Art Museum, Notre Dame, 1950s, China, Mansions, Stone, House Styles

The Yunnan Art Museum in Kunming, Yunnan, China, occupies a 1950s era building which once housed the Provincial Museum.

The East Pagoda (Dong Si Ta) in Kunming, Yunnan, China, dates back to the Tang Dynasty AD). Kunming, Dates, Skyscraper, Multi Story Building, China, Stone, Travel, Rice, Skyscrapers

The East Pagoda (Dong Si Ta) in Kunming, Yunnan, China, dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).

These Chinese tourists were observed visiting the Stone Forest at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China. Kunming, Chinese, Stone, Fashion, Moda, Rock, Fashion Styles, Fashion Illustrations, Batu

These Chinese tourists were observed visiting the Stone Forest at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China.

The Minor Stone Forest is to the north of the main rock cluster at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China. Kunming, Mount Rushmore, Maine, Rock, Mountains, Nature, Travel, Viajes, Skirt

The Minor Stone Forest is to the north of the main rock cluster at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China.

A member of the Sani ethnic minority poses in the Stone Forest at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China. Kunming, Harajuku, Ethnic, China, Poses, Stone, Fashion, Figure Poses, Moda

A member of the Sani ethnic minority poses in the Stone Forest at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China.

The Stone Forest at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China, is popular among Chinese tour groups. Kunming, Group Tours, Mount Rushmore, Chinese, Popular, Mountains, Stone, Nature, Travel

The Stone Forest at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China, is popular among Chinese tour groups.

Electric carts of this kind shuttle visitors around the Stone Forest at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China. David Stanley, Kunming, Electric, China, Stone, Rock, Batu, Porcelain, 1st Birthdays

Electric carts of this kind shuttle visitors around the Stone Forest at Shilin near Kunming, Yunnan, China.

Two Bai-style pagodas stand in front of Miaozhan Temple at Guandu Old Town south of Kunming, Yunnan, China. Kunming, Old Town, Temple, Street View, China, Stone, Old City, Rock, Temples

Two Bai-style pagodas (1335) stand in front of Miaozhan Temple at Guandu Old Town south of Kunming, Yunnan, China.

The Vajra Pagoda in Guandu Old Town south of Kunming, Yunnan, China, resembles a Tibetan-style tantra stupa. Kunming, Tantra, Tower Bridge, Old Town, China, Stone, Travel, Old City, Rock

The Vajra Pagoda (1457) in Guandu Old Town south of Kunming, Yunnan, China, resembles a Tibetan-style tantra stupa.

This display on Chinese dragon dancing was at the Yunnan Museum of Literature and Art just south of Kunming, Yunnan, China. Kunming, Chinese Dragon, Literature, Museum, China, Display, Stone, Art, Literatura

This display on Chinese dragon dancing was at the Yunnan Museum of Literature and Art just south of Kunming, Yunnan, China.

The new Yunnan Museum of Literature and Art across the road from the Provincial Museum is 13 kilometers south of Kunming, Yunnan, China. The building is impressive but largely empty. Kunming, Empty, Literature, Multi Story Building, Museum, China, Mansions, Stone, House Styles

The new Yunnan Museum of Literature and Art across the road from the Provincial Museum is 13 kilometers south of Kunming, Yunnan, China. The building is impressive but largely empty.

This bronze table from the Waring States Period BC) is a highlight of the new Yunnan Provincial Museum in Kunming, Yunnan, China. Kunming, Highlight, Period, Moose Art, Museum, Bronze, China, Table, Animals

This bronze table from the Waring States Period (475-221 BC) is a highlight of the new Yunnan Provincial Museum in Kunming, Yunnan, China.