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.'
It is in Lunan Yi Nationality Autonomous County, which is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Kunming and requires only a three-hour drive. It covers an area of 400 square kilometers (96,000 acres) and includes both large and small stone forests, as well as many other scenic spots. An old local saying says that 'If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time.' Truly, the site is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan.
Walking through the site, visitors marvel at the natural stone masterpieces and are bewitched by the intricate formations. (online source)
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chawax (18896) 2014-03-06 11:34
This forest of stones in an incredible and spectacular landscape ! Good POV and sharpness. I had already seen pictures of such a place in Madagascar, I didn't know it existed somewhere else on Earth.
Thanks for sharing,
yquem46 (38382) 2014-03-06 11:46
Impressive view on those unusual peaks in their colorful foliage environment
To be picky i'd have cropped the upper left part with the little pieces of blue sky
Best regards, have a nice day
PaulVDV (21173) 2014-03-06 12:10
Kunming was recently in the news because of a less pleasant incident.
However, this Stone Forest looks very interesting. The sharp peaks of the rocks rise above a very barren area while it is surrounded by a lush tropical forest in magical autumn colours.
You found an excellent high POV to present us this panorama.
Is it difficult to find your way through this Stone Forest ? Or are there hiking paths ?
Best regards, Paul
carlo62 (29483) 2014-03-06 15:18
l'ottimo pov ci permette di ammirare questa meraviglia della natura nel pieno del suo ambiente, con il contrasto tra le originali rocce e gli alberi che le circondano.
daddo (23106) 2014-03-06 15:22
Spectacular scene Kamila.Perfect exposure and sharpness. The colours of the "forest' are enhanced by the warm colours that the trees provide. Lovely POV. Regards. Klaudio.
photoray (10983) 2014-03-06 15:44
Unusual and eye-catching geology with the Stone Forest's irregular lines and sharp pinnacles in varying grey shades. Enhanced by your shadow mixture lighting.
Unlike any rock formations I have seen, and therefore magnificent and very special, and I hope to see in person some day.
Thanks for sharing,
macjake (54124) 2014-03-06 16:57
very very unique forest!
very cool too :)
just wondering...how did you get here? was it a tour? did you get around on your own in a rented car?
I want to go here someday.
lovely subject, as i said very unique and interesting.
its smart that you placed about 3/4 stone and a 1/4 trees, nice touch
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-03-06 23:16
wspaniale pokazany ten fenomen natury,super ostrosc i naturalna kolorystyka,pozdrawiam
fabbs99 (16147) 2014-03-06 23:18
Excellent shot of the stone forest with nice colors and sharpness.Very well done,TFS.
emka (75143) 2014-03-06 23:31
Mnie nie starczylo czasu na Kunming, bardzo żałuję. Ten kamienny las wygląda fantastycznie. I znakomicie go tu pokazałaś. Tam gdzies w okolicach Kunming zyja złote małpy, bardzo piękne podobno. Ciekawa jestem czy je widziałaś?
Jak podróżowałaś po Chinach? Z jakąś zorganizowana wycieczką, czy sama?
jemaflor (82128) 2014-03-06 23:33
so impressive rockw very well captured from this good pov, perfect sharpness and light to give shadows and contrast at your photo, tfs this strange place.
jjcordier (74564) 2014-03-06 23:52
Superbes formations géologiques magnifiquement photographiées.
holmertz (38697) 2014-03-07 2:26
I have to admit that I have wasted my time. I was in Kunming, and I saw some very scenic areas not so far from the city, but I didn't go the stone forest. What a shame, but what luck that you show us this amazing photo a few decades later. It is another one of the many nature's wonders of China and your high POV provides a good view of it. The trees give us some sense of the dimensions.
timecapturer (46547) 2014-03-07 2:37
a stunning place and captured so exquisitely. Your POV is perfect at showing us the textures and form of this amazing rock forest. A real sense of its setting and majesty too! Awesome!
Have a good weekend - B.
abmdsudi (41284) 2014-03-07 2:46
What a great and interesting capture of this unusual landscape and touch of beautiful autumnal woodland colors, really enhanced by warm lighting. Very nicely composed, one heck of a shot made extra-special by the remarkable textures of those amazing rocks and coupled up with side lighting the impact kicks in. Impressive work. Congrats TFS
cornejo (29371) 2014-03-07 4:19
Hi Kamila, very good view of these interesting rock formations, very well captured with a great pov, with good photography. Interesting picture with good sharpness, nice light, color and quality. An interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Janusz1974 (2814) 2014-03-07 5:26
Doskonaly kadr kamiennego lasu ,natura tworzy najladniejsze formacje.
Nicou (118192) 2014-03-07 9:24
fantastique découpage de cette roche quel vue plongeante quel rendu sur la roche et ces formes, le travail de l'érosion sur la pierre grandiose compo.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (83230) 2014-03-07 10:01
Taki widok nie wymaga komentarza.
Bardzo ciekawe skaly.
Dobrze wykonana praca,
podoba mi siê kolorystyka i swiatlo.
Noel_Byrne (22128) 2014-03-07 11:34
What an amazing scene this is, like something from lord of the rings. It shows the majesty of the world and the wonders around every corner. The shapes of the rocks are very striking and especially in comparison to the colors and soft shapes of the trees around it which you have used to perfection to frame the scene. Magical.
All the best
lousat (73987) 2014-03-07 12:38
Hi Kamila,your pics from your chinese trip are always a great spectacle to watch and very interesting too,this is another example,what a interesting stone forest and what a perfect choice of point of view,details and colors,i like it!!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
COSTANTINO (52862) 2014-03-07 13:53
I like the title as stone forest
its a very wild landscape and the
chosen point of view shows it
perfectly original version
have a nice weekend
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-07 18:42
Hi Kamila - China seems to have almost a monopoly on amazing rock formations like these.This is a great perspective that really demonstrates the size and majesty of this area well, and you got it in really flattering light too. Thanks!
ikeharel (54229) 2014-03-08 1:07
A stunning rocks formation, Kamila, and an excelent light upon with superb clarity.
It would be difficult to scale this just by looking at, the place is enormous, yet impressive.
Chosen perspective show good depth and trees in autumn colors added vivid tones.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
Silvio1953 (118330) 2014-03-08 10:31
Ciao Kamila, great view of fantastic stone forest, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
williewhistler (13149) 2014-03-08 14:27
the spectacular rock structures are photographed in a good light that helps to accentuate their interesting size and shapes.
jcpix (12614) 2014-03-08 14:59
Something straight out of Lord of the Rings, this looks incredibly fantasy-like in appearance. Must be a rock climbers paradise, yeah? :) Absolutely amazing what nature has produced, and you've done a fine job in putting it on display through still imagery. The elevated viewpoint offers a sensational look upon these formations, with much definition and dimension. I love how you've composed this to include the colorful surroundings to brighten it up and show how it all relates to each other. Almost looks other worldly, quite fascinating...and very well presented for us to see from afar. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Take it easy.
fritzi007 (3489) 2014-03-08 15:01
Your Photo impressed me very much, really fabulous!
Very good information, thank you.
Wish you a nice time!
adramad (36317) 2014-03-08 17:31
Wow ..... Awesome location and fantastic composition from a high point, which gives us a wonderful vision for this place, where nature has created these unique shapes with rocks.
Sensational contrast between the grayish color of this stony forest, with the living forest, where the trees offer a rich note of color.
Perfect management of both luminosity and excellent sharpness.
Well done. I love the picture.
Enjoy the weekend.
pajaran (49690) 2014-03-08 23:55
Dobar tekst o provinciji, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled na stene i trenutak sa senkom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija.
Imajte lep dan za odmor, sve najbolje.
A good article on the province, with a history and description of the ...
Nice view of the rocks and the second with a shadow ...
Good time recording, sharpness and contrast nicely demonstrated place, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition.
Have a nice day to relax, all the best.
Didi (55567) 2014-03-09 3:40
Very good dominant point of view on these original rocks
Nice sharp composition
Romano46 (16584) 2014-03-09 9:06
hai fatto un viaggio molto interessante in Cina, tanto più che ti sei dedicata non solo alla città di Pechino ma anche a molte bellezze naturali che hai saputo rappresentare in belle foto.
Questo era un luogo che non mi era mai capitato di vedere in qualche documentario sulla Cina, ma che hai saputo rappresentare molto bene grazie ad una luce piuttosto favorevole.
Ciao e buona domenica
Cricri (103145) 2014-03-09 11:03
Une vue impressionnante de ces roches pointues, beau contraste avec les couleurs d'automne du paysage, très belle réalisation
marina7 (8051) 2014-03-09 12:01
Stone Forest - a very befitting name, looks spectacular! Though I must say those colorful trees that beautifully frame the picture sort of deprive these stunning rocks of their severity by adding a warm and soft touch to the scenery. Great contrast anyway, and a very rare and special place to visit!
My best wishes!
jacquest (18405) 2014-03-09 16:22
This is a great view of this eye catching nature phenomenon. The downward view makes for good details of the interior and the light brings out colors for an image of good quality.
danos (84383) 2014-03-10 1:13
very nice the view as the presentation of the stone forest,seeing it from this splendid POV.The excellent light and colour management enhance the details and the clarity of the scene.Well done.
Have a good week,Danos
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-10 1:26
This is wonderfully unique.
Brilliant colors of the forest, not to mention the sharp contrast of the rocks.
sandpiper (6788) 2014-03-10 2:19
fine view of this wonderful landscape, I have seen it on TV :) Good composition, a place I must try and get to one day.
mesutilgim (81424) 2014-03-10 3:23
Hello dear Kamila,
Another topclass capture from China with those interesting rocky formations.
Nice framed and enriched with many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice week ahead.
ChrisJ (95188) 2014-03-10 5:18
Went there on 30 January 2000. It snowed the next day! So sad what happened at the Kunming railway station. I boarded a train there for Chengdu. Good repetition of the limestone karst formations. I like the high pov and the downward, angled position. Have a great week!
Oceania (4732) 2014-03-10 7:16
The nature stone formation is quite interesting. The angle you took this picture is perfect. The colorful trees in the background soften the tone, very nice. I totally enjoy it.
ourania (28400) 2014-03-10 12:32
this is an amazing sight indeed, full of wonder and mystery. Your elevated point of view and the tight framing you opted for have rendered this view very dynamic, the absence of reliable sense of scale adds fascination as we may imagine the dimensions of these old formations at will. The light and the natural colours are lovely, the shadows make the description even more effective and add drama. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
HimalAnda (8935) 2014-03-10 14:05
This is a very impressive place! The POV is very good.
batalay (35067) 2014-03-10 16:04
Your photos of China have been extraordinary. There are rugged, jagged rocks in so man places, including in Capadoccia (Turkey) and Brice Valley (USA) and all are different in the composition. These gray rocks differ significantly from the other two. You certainly did penetrate the hinterland of China, areas that few tourists see.
subhendu_bagchi (25410) 2014-03-11 4:11
wow! What a view! What an interesting part of our earth! Presented nicely with excellent depth and sharpness. Those colourful leafs are contrasting superbly with those rocks. Excellent shot. Tfs.
Angshu (55035) 2014-03-12 1:12
Intriguing and interesting structures indeed...these are wonders of nature. These sharp edged rocks which stand upright look great from your high POV. The colourful foliage in red and green border the stones well
dta (64142) 2014-03-13 7:29
Hello Kamila ,
A superb plunging view on these fantastic rocky formations .
mkamionka (29774) 2014-03-13 9:51
Przed chwila widzialem kilka zdjec z American Southwest potem Argentysnka Salta no i okazuje sie ze rowniez w Chinach nie brak miejsc z oryginalnymi formacjami skalnymi. Super ciekawe ksztalty, dobrze sie prezentuja z tego lekko wzniesionego punktu widzenia. Drzewa wokol zdaja sie miec jesienna kolorystyke. Bardzo ciekawe miejsce, pieknie pokazane,
SWEETFREEDOM (22002) 2014-03-16 1:07
impressive nature landscape, good p.o.v and colors.
Waylim (25172) 2014-03-17 18:48
I have heard of this place but didnt' have time to visit. There just so much to see and China is so big :) Next times.
This is a very nice photo with good light and fall color are very nice, adding warm colors to the gray stones.
eldancer1 (26110) 2014-03-19 10:21
Wow! Awesome capture of this stone forest! We have almost similar formations in the U.S. southwest but I like yours better because of the lush vegetation around it instead the desert that we have. Well done, tfs.
siudzi (32829) 2014-03-22 12:48
Jestem pod wielkim wrażeniem tego miejsca. Rzeczywiście te skały wyglądają wyjątkowo oryginalnie oraz zostały fantastycznie przedstawione przez Ciebie. Świetna fotografia krajobrazu. Brawo!
Kielia (23055) 2014-03-27 9:21
this is really a very fascinating sight seen from your unique POV. Your excellent photo gives me a very good idea of this interesting piece of nature. The composition is very successful. My compliments!
tenretin (2408) 2014-03-29 7:34
Superb staging of if for any particular nature of this corner of the planet. A beautiful well composed and well documented picture.
Good weekend to you.
adores (35106) 2014-04-02 14:47
I haven't been here but it's a really impressive place. A good view over the rocks and trees. It seems endless!
clic (14598) 2014-04-02 16:50
Geia sou Kamila
I saw multi-coloured petrified pieces of wood in Petrified Forest Ntl Park USA.
They had been extracted from underground and offered for sale in touristic offices.
But never in my life I had the chance to see such majestic rock formation as shown above, captured by the rules book in a paradoxal way opposing the subtle colourful leafy trees to the boulder spines.
jmdias (53553) 2014-04-18 2:31
very interesting the shapes of these stones, I saw some similar in shapes in Madagascar (from tv only). very beautiful details, quality of image is perfect. TFS this amazing details of nature.
serp2000 (38864) 2014-04-25 6:41
Wow! My congratulations, Kamila!
Usually I say The nature is the best artist. We have to press the button of camera only. Excellent shot! I have never seen the photos of this stone forest. Thanks for the presentation new interesting place in China.
- Copyright: Kamila Zadora (Kamilutka) (8095)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-04
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): China [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-06 11:06