Shilin, The Stone Forest Of Yunnan

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The limestone formations in Shilin look a bit like giant cave stalagmites, and many are spaced apart wide enough for visitors to walk between them. For the past 270 million years or so, they have been shaped by water, wind, and seismic events. Several have also been named after the objects, people, and animals they resemble, from camels to tulip flowers. One, the Ashima stone, is named after a woman of legend who turned to stone after she was forbidden from marrying the man she loved.

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