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Wansheng Stone Forest

Wansheng Stone Forest

Wansheng Stone Forest - Second Largest in China

Wansheng Stone Forest, the second largest of its kind in China, is 21 kilometers southwest of the urban area of Wansheng County. The stone forest of 24,000 square meters, karst topography in nature, was formed in the Ordovician Period 460 million years ago. It is much older than the Lunan Stone Forest in Sichuan province (China's Largest) and the Xingwen Stone Forest in Sichuan Province (the third largest in China).

The stone forest area from Xiangyan Cave in the north to the Tianping Mountain in the south, and from Zhaizi Mountain in the west to the Wugui (Turtle) Mountain in the east, is an area covered with stone forest, limestone caves, waterfalls and woods.

Wansheng Stone Forest - Abundant Scenic Spots

The main scenic spots in this area include the Tianmen Cave, Qinglu (Lovers) Peak, Xianglu (Incense Burner) Mountain, the Giant Stone Fan, Lingpai Mountain, Qingwa (Frog) Mountain, Fangqiu Mountain and the Longtan Waterfall.

There are two things special about this area: the earth's crack formed by stone gorges, and rocks of various size and shapes. Seen from the crack in the earth formed by stone gorges, the sky is reduced to a narrow strip of light; and the gorges resound with the musical sounds of springs.

Strange-looking rocks in this area, varying in size from 1 to 4 meters tall, often inspire people's imagination: the larger ones look like lions and tigers, the medium ones may resemble hogs or rabbits, and the samllest ones suggest frogs or fish. This area looks like a zoo of stone animals. There are woods in the stone forest area, making the area look like giant potted landscape. In the limestone caves, there are stone curtains, stalagmites, stone columns and stalactites, and there is an underground river that is connected with the Lotus Pond, the Luhua Lake and the Heishuitan Lake on the ground.

A tablet forest for world peace has been built in this area in recent years. Practices of local custom of the Miao People have been revived in such activities as wedding, food, national costumes and the cultural aspect of the tourist resources in the area.