The Major Stone Forest 大石林
The Big Stone Forest Scenic Area is the most representative place with the most concentrated attractions and the most domestic tourists. We recommend walking to the Lion Pavilion（狮子亭） and Huanlin Road（环林路） to avoid the crowds without missing the essence.
The Minor Stone Forest 小石林
To find the incarnation stone of “Ashima‘’is the purpose to visit the Minor stone forest. Ashima, which means “girl as beautiful as gold,” is the heroine of the epic of the Sani people, a branch of the Yi ethnic group. In 1964, this epic was adapted into a film that won the top dance prize at the Spanish International Film Festival. Now, “AShima” has become synonymous with the diligent, honest, and beautiful Yi girls.
Naigu Stone Forest 乃古石林
Naigu Stone Forest is 8 kilometers (5 miles) northeast of the Major and Minor Stone Forest and is quieter than them.
Naigu literally means ”A place overgrown with black stone forest“ in the Yi language.
Covering an area of 10 square kilometers, Naigu Stone Forest features spiky stones, karst caves, a large waterfall, a vast grassland, and an impressive causeway of black volcanic blocks.
If you go there between September and November, you will be mesmerized by a sea of Cosmos flowers around the Stone Forest.
The Shilin Torch Festival
Every June 24 of the lunar year is the most ceremonious festival of Sani people. On that day, they gather at the Stone Forest and participate in various activities, such as wrestling, bullfighting, dancing, and a fireworks display. It is a good opportunity for young men and women to meet their prospective spouses, and also the right time for tourists who like the festive atmosphere and ethnic customs…
Jiuxiang Cave: 30 km from the Stone Forest, Jiuxiang is known as the “museum of karst caves”, which is a large clustered cave combining with the river, underground waterfalls, stalactite, gorges, all in one.
Nuohei Village: About an hour’s drive from the Stone Forest, Nuohei is a Sani village with 600 years of history. The whole village was built with natural stones and has a simple appearance, and is included in the list of traditional Chinese villages.