Yunnan UNESCO sites

The Stone Forest
The Stone Forest is situated in Shilin County of Kunming, with a total preservation area of about 350 sq km. The Stone Forest began to be formed in the Permian Period (dating back about 270mn years), and the major sights here are Karst formations. Besides, the Sani ethnic culture around the Stone Forest adds much to the appeal of the natural wonder.


Chengjiang Zoolite
Discovered in 1984 in Central Yunnan, the fossil site has been listed as a World Natural Heritage site by the Unesco. Chengjiang fossils cover more than 200 species of the Early Cambrian Period (dating back 530mn years). The discovery is claimed as one of the most amazing discoveries in the 20th century, offering significant clues for the Cambrian Explosion.


Lijiang Old Town
Lijiang Old Town was first constructed in the late 13th century. It is where the Naxi ethnic history, Dongba culture and Naxi ancient music originate and are inherited.


Hani Terraced Fields
One of Yunnan's World Cultural Heritage sites, the Hani Terraced Fields mainly distribute on the southern bank of the Honghe River, covering the counties of Yuanyang, Honghe, Lvchun and Jinping etc. They are the most magnificent large-scale terraced fields in the world, and the utmost terraces reach as many as 3,000. Yuanyang, where there are about 0.17 million Mu (11,333 hectares) of terraced fields, is the core area of the Hani Terraced Fields. These terraced fields are created by generations of the Hani ethnic group.


Three Parallel Rivers 
Consisting of eight geographical clusters of protected areas within the boundaries of the Three Parallel Rivers National Park, in the mountainous Northwest of Yunnan Province, the 1.7 million hectare site includes sections of the upper reaches of three of the great rivers of Asia: the Yangtze (Jinsha), Mekong and Salween run roughly parallel, north to south, through steep gorges which, in some places, are 3,000 meters deep and are bordered by glaciated peaks more than 6,000 meters high. The site is an epicentre of Chinese biodiversity. It is also one of the richest temperate regions of the world in terms of bio-diversity.