A Forest of Stone, China

Having once lived in China for 11 years, I still travel there frequently. This post is from my recent trip to China and its southern provinces in May 2012. View more stories and photos from that trip and other China trips here.

Kunming, China

As Wikipedia would tell me, the Stone Forest Park in Kunming is a karst formation consisting of rock caves, arches, and pavilions. It is part of the larger karst-based landscape of the area. Also thanks to the wisdom of Wikipedia, I found out that one of the most prominent minority groups in Kunming is the Yi Tribe – an ethnic group living in China, Vietnam, and Thailand. Luckily for me, there are plenty of Yi people working as tour guides within the Stone Forest Park, so I caught a glimpse of the natural beauty of Kunming as well as its cultural vibrance with a visit to the park.

Flowers at the entrance to the Stone Forest

A Yi man adorning the traditional headset for menA Yi woman selling hats in the parkNavigating the Stone Forest Park – it took 1.5 hours to walk just part of the park
An elephant-shaped rock
Yi peopleFlying into Kunming


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