martes, 21 de octubre de 2014

Stone Forest China

The Stone Forest or Shilin is a notable set of limestone formations located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County The tall rocks seem to emanate from the ground in the manner of stalagmites, with many looking like petrified trees thereby creating the illusion of a forest made of stone These formations, caused by the dissolution of limestone, are believed to be over 270 million years old. 

Like any other beautiful places plus this old, has his legend , it's been told the forest is the birthplace of Ashima, a beautiful girl of the Yi people. After falling in love she was forbidden to marry her chosen suitor and instead turned into a stone in the forest that still bears her name. Each year on the 24th day of the sixth lunar month, many Yi people celebrate the Torch Festival, which features folk dances and wrestling competitions.


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