Stone Forest, Where Life Begins

Before the life begin, everything so empty. What can we see here? Only stones everywhere. Sorry this is just a short poem from me. But from this hub, I’ll take you in a beauty tour of stone forest. Wow…what kind of forest is it? This isn’t a usual forest. If before we can see the wood, leaves, fruit, grass in the forest. But in the stone forest we can see the beauty of the biggest stone formations, like a skyscraper. Nature gave us the beauty and I believe the earth looks so colorful by the existence of this forest. I can’t imagine, before the life begin and the world only filled with the stone. I’ll introduce about amazing stone forest. Curious…..please, continue to read.

Shilin Stone Forest

Shilin Stone Forest is one of China's greatest attractions. This forest presents breathtaking scenery. It is located in Shilin County or about 85 kilometres southeast of Kunming and requires only a three-hour drive. The exactly place is in the Lunan Autonomous Country of Yi Nationality, in the Yunan province. Shilin Stone Forest is known as one of earth's natural wonders, since the Ming Dynasty (about 1368-1644 AD). This natural wonder is well known by many to be the most fantastic place in China. Another beautiful attraction is Shilin Lake which is filled with underwater stalactites. Wow….this was amazing phenomenon created perfectly by the nature.

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This place covers an area about 400 square kilometers (96,000 acres). From this place we can see a bunch of huge limestone pillars. With various figures, like: animals, pagodas, beasts, flowers, ancient fortresses, and even human figures. Each has own characteristic, whatever else one can imagine. All these beauty are inside the Greater Stone Forest. Other main attractions are "The Stone Singing Praises of Plums" and "The Cluster of Pinnacles Propping up the Sky" between large lawns and mountain flowers in spring and autumn. We can see all these beauty inside Lesser Stone Forest. Enough….don’t worry, we can find the Lion Hill in outer Stone Forest like a squatting male lion on a height. The attraction is near the “Lion Pool”. This pool called like this because this pool has a huge boulder in the shape of a squatting lion.

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The geologist said that Shilin stone forest was formed 270 million years ago, during the carboniferous period of the Paleozoic era. The local says that nature creates a labyrinth that smashed from a mountain and there’s a legend in behind the formation of this forest. Even they guarantee if we have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, we have wasted our time. The legend began from a beautiful girl namely Ashima (even a clever and warm-hearted Sani girl). She tried to run away from the kidnapping of the son of an evil landlord. He chased until the Stone Forest, where a flood drowns Ashima. And now, she transforms into the famous Ashima Stone. We can see this stone as the main attractions in stone forest.

Ashima Rock

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Walking through the Stone Forest, visitors will shown by the natural stone masterpieces and they are bewitched by the intricate formations. The magnificent scenery and strange landscape creates countless labyrinthine. Just information, the Chinese Government opened this stone forest in the 1950s as tourist attraction. It works!.... and now Shilin Stone Forest attract people from all over the world.

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Lena’s stone forest

We can also call this as Lena’s pillars. This forest is located about 60 km upriver from Yakutsk, in Russia. It’s is a natural rock formation resembling towers or dry trees over 150 meters in height and stretches along the river about 80km. Lena’s Pillars have attracted tourist since the 17th century. I heard that getting there is not easy. The trip will start from Moscow city, where it will take about four day journey to the Siberian area of Yakutsk. The flight cost about $800. The journey will continue with the boat. It took only a half a day trip upriver. There’s another option, the locals offer a 3 day trip on a small boat for about $500. Finally after four day of trip, we will have arrived at Lena’s stone forest. All efforts can be paid after we can see the beauty of Lena's pillars in person.

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Lena’s stone forest contains evidence of a remarkable population of the early history of life on earth, because of a number of fossils of ancient organisms are found here. All the evidence is preserved in a unique way by nature. We can learn the history of and diversity of organic biodiversity, which occurs in the lower Cambrian. At the same place, it was discovered many mega-fauna fossils. Such as: Bison (Bison Priscus Boj), Lena Horse (Eggus Lenensis Russ), Mammoth (Mammulhus Primigenius Blum), Reindeer (Rangifer Tarandus L), and Fleecy Rhinoceros (Coelodonta Antiguibatis Blum). All the evidence of human life can be seen at the manuscripts and the rock paintings from the area. That’s why Lena’s Pillar was recorded as a World Heritage site in 2006.

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CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Looks like these stone forests are amazing places to visit prasetio. It's great that our planet has so many different types of scenery and habitats to explore.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Prasetio, Thank you for another beautiful tour. If I never make it to all the wonderful places that you write about I am thankful to have read your hubs. Hopefully some day I will be able to see all these places. Hope that you are having a nice weekend.


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rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay

Oh my, what amazing wonders in our world! I haven't known of either place you have shared. It must be a beautiful experience to visit these places of natural wonder and beauty. I especially liked seeing the young woman singing on the first video, very enchanting! I always look forward to reading your hubs. You take us around the world! Thank you.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

The Stone Forest looks like an incredible place to visit! I'm amazed at the size of the stone pillars and intrigued by the manicured look of the area around them. It must be quite an experience to walk among these pillars!


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

Hi Prasetio,

Wow, that place is weird. Thank you for sharing. I've never heard of a stone forest before. We don't get a whole lot of information from that part of the world. Great pictures!!


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lucasaraujo 4 years ago from Brasil, Vitoria - ES

A powerful text accompanied by beautiful images. I will vote above and certainly beautiful. God bless you and your gift of writing!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You have put together another great hub. This loos like a fascinating plce to visit.

Thank you for sharing


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Wow another incredible hub and unbelievable pictures too.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, CMHypno. Thank you so much for coming and share your beautiful comment about this place. I totally agree with you about how this planet has so many different sightings and each place has its own characteristics. God bless you!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Susan. Thank you so much for your compliment about this hub. I hope your wish will come true and you can see all the beauty of stone forest one day...amen. Have a nice day!

Love and peace, prasetio


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, pras, what an amazing natural phenomena, looking at these it makes me feel as though I have stepped back in time thousands of years, fascinating, thanks! rated up! cheers nell


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, rebekahELLE. I am so happy to see you again and you like this information. Thank you very much for your attention to all the beauty of nature. I hope you have a chance to visit these forests. Take care!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Stephanie Henkel. There's no happiness for me without support and nice comment like you did to me. Personally, I am proud to present this hub for you and you enjoy the virtual tour from me. Cheers....

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, michiganman567. Good to see you here. I hope this hub represent all the beauty and the oddity of the natural appearance of the world. I hope you enjoy this information. Take care!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, lucasaraujo and welcome to this hub. I hope this information useful for us and you may put these stone forests on your travel list. ~prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Rosemay50. I hope you enjoy this information. Thanks for always support my hub and share your vote. Have a nice day! Cheers....

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, acaetnna for coming and share your thought about this place. I hope you enjoy this information. ~prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Nell for share your opinion about this topic. Personally, I have the same feeling with you and I had wrote about this above as the opening of this hub. I hope this hub useful for us. Take care!

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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Your fine hubs allow me to travel all over the world without leaving my home. Up and awesome.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa

Another astounding one, Prasetio. I have heard about these, but I have never seen the stone forests. They are amazing! Can always learn a lot from you and travel to far-off places! Voted up.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

With your sentiments on the Stone Forest brother pras. What a magnificent natural wonder! same for Lena's. Had no idea these places existed. Thank you a hundred times for bringing this to HP pras. Thumbs up, awesome, beaut, and interest, yes!


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

You have again brought me to places I never knew existed, to beauty I never dreamed of, and to the mysteries that surround us. Thank you so much. This is gorgeous. I would never get to see any of these places were it not for you. God surely made a beautiful world so full of variation as to be infinite in its array.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

These forests made of stone are amazing, pras. Thank you for finding so many wonders of the world to share with your readers. You and your research provide us with so many interesting places to visit and photos as well. National Geographic cannot rest on their laurels - you are gaining on them, my friend. :)


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, POP. Good to see you here. I am glad to share this information with you. I hope you enjoy this hub. Happy cooking! ~prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, rsusan. Thank you very much for share your comment about this topic. I hope my hubs can give you good information about beautiful place in the world without leaving your chair. I always love your VOTE. Cheers...

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, Alastar Packer. Thank you so much for your compliment about this hub. I hope you always enjoy my virtual travel and I promise to give the best for my next hub. Brother, I really appreciate your vote. Take care!

Blessing and hugs,


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is really amazing Prasetio..The rock formations are beautiful, esp. Ashima's rock.I love the stories too..Thank you for another great scenic adventure..


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, poetvix. I am so happy to see you here. Thank you very much for coming and share your thought about natural wonder of the world. I hope I can always give the best to you and you want to stay "following" my hubs. Have a good day!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, drbj. Thank you so much for coming and your compliment to my hub. I am impressed with this. But your comment as my homework to give the best about another beautiful places in the world. Take care!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Ruby. I hope this hub useful for you and you have a chance to visit this forest one day...amen. ~prasetio


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Very impressive photos and an interesting hub, Prasetio. I enjoy exploring the world by reading your hubs!


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

Your hubs always present amazing pictures and stories that bring me traveling in imagination as if I were there. This is another awesome one and deserves voting up.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, AliciaC for share your thought about this hub. I hope you always enjoy reading all my hubs. Take care!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you very much, agusfanani for coming and always support my hub. Your vote really appreciated. God bless you!

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Amazing as always prasetio,what a great hub,and another for me to vote up and bookmark.

Take care and enjoy your day my friend.

Eddy.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Eddy. Thank you so much for share your attention to this information. Your vote and bookmark really appreciated here. Have a good day!

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rLcasaLme 4 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

These are really wonderful places and they indeed have beautiful rock formations. I would love to visit them someday.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, rLcasaLme for coming to this hub and share your opinion about stone forest. I hope you can visit this natural wonder one day. Take care!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Amazing place. Thanks for the photos and videos.

Brilliant.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Lady_E. Thank you very much for coming. I hope you enjoy this hub. Cheers....

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

You are my tour guide Pras! These magnificent stones are majestic and so beautiful. How I would love to go and visit. When I am in a place such as this, I am close to my spirit and my heart sings out loud. I have voted up and across except for funny.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear vocalcoach. Thank you very much for coming and your compliment to this hub. I hope you can visit these stone forests one day. I always love your vote. God bless you!

Love and peace, prasetio


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi prasetio, I agree with vocalcoach you are the best tour guide, you've taken me to visit places I have never heard of or seen! This was a fascinating read and amazing pictures, thank you and voted up


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, MM (Movie Master). Thank you very much for stopping and your big appreciation to all my hubs. I am so happy to know that you enjoy this information. I love your vote. Have a good day!

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sofs 4 years ago

Incredible stone forest. I would have never known. Beautiful hub. Thanks for sharing! Have a perfect day! God Bless!


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Thanks, sofs for coming and share your opinion about this hub. I am glad you enjoy this information. Take care!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Prasetio, you create some of the most interesting articles I have ever read. I find it amazing that you can find all these places and write such detailed articles. Great pics, great job! Voted up, awesome, useful, and interesting.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, thelyricwriter. Thank you very much for coming, rate this hub and your big attention to this information. Your vote really appreciated here. Take care!

Blessing,


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

This is amazing.. wow and beautiful.. I never knew this. I would love to go see it for my self. but you brought the beauty to us. Thank you so much

love this hub

voted way up

Debbie


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Debbie. Welcome to my hub. I am glad you love all these information about stone forest. I hope you can visit one of them. Your vote really appreciated here. Have a nice day!

Love and peace, Prasetio


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

So beautiful, and so artistic, and wonderful God Bless You.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, stars439. I am glad you love this information. God bless you too!

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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

What amazing rock formations!!!!! Brilliant photographs.

This a very interesting hub. Thank you.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Dim Flaxenwick. Thank you very much for your attention to this hub. I hope this hub could be an inspiration for us. Have a nice day!

Blessing,


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 4 years ago

Prasetio, WOW! This is another amazing natural wonder you have shared with us! Fabulous breath taking photos! Nice informative and inspiring hub! Thank You! Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, DeBorrah K.Ogans. Thank you very much for coming and share your big attention to this hub. I am proud to share this information to you. It's one of God's Miracle. Let's pray a lot. God bless you!

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Fascinating story!! Thank you so much!!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, AudreyHowitt. I am so happy to see you again and you enjoy this information. Take care!

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

There are beautiful rock formations all around the world and each is different special in it's own way. Your photos are beautiful. Appreciate so much your sharing these photos and information that most of us never even imagined existed. Voted you up, Interesting, Beautiful, and Awesome!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Au fait. Thanks for coming and share your opinion about the rock formation. I am proud to write this hub and I am glad to know that you love this hub. Take care and have a good day :-)

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KenWu 3 years ago from Malaysia

Those scenes are really splendid. I hope someday I can step my foot there. The nature is always great!

Voted up, beautiful and shared with other hubber!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, KenWu. Good to see you again. Thank you very much for your attention to this hub and I hope you can see one of them one day. Cheers...~Prasetio

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