Trip Review for China

Karst Landform of South China

Comments of the World Heritage Committee

South China is unrivalled for the diversity of its karst features and landscapes. There are specifically designated areas that are of outstanding universal value to protect and present the best examples of these karst features and landscapes. Karst Landform of South China is a coherent serial property comprising three clusters: Libo Karst and Shilin Karst, each with two components, and Wulong Karst with three components. Karst Landform of South China represents one of the world’s most spectacular examples of humid-tropical to subtropical karst landscapes. These spectacular features are of world class quality.

Brief Introduction

The Karst Landform of South China covers a large area with unique and diversified karst terrains. It comprises the stone forests in the plateau area represented by those in Yunnan Province, the karst peaks in the transitional area from plateau to lowland represented by those in Libo of Guizhou, and the deep karst valleys in the Jiangbei area represented by those in Wulong of Chongqing.

Karst Landform of South China

The karst in the Shilin Yi Autonomous County in Yunnan boasts the most fantastic landform of its type in the world and is universally recognized as such. It also enjoys the reputation of being the first wonder under the heaven and a natural museum of imaginative géomorphologie figuration due to its long history, wide variety, grand scale and complete growth. The visual stones are unique in shape: some like a sword piercing into the sky, others resembling mushrooms in blossom, and some like imposing towers. They can be found in the billabongs, basins, slopes and fields.

The karst landform in Libo in southeast Guizhou Province covers 20 percent of the area of Libo County and is the largest karst primeval forest in the world. The most striking sight is the cone-shaped karst, whereas the most typical are the karst clusters and forests. About 90 percent of the people living here are of China’s ethnic minorities. The native script of the Shui ethnic group and the old paper-making method of the Bouyei people have, quite amazingly, been passed down to the present time, adding much ethnic flavor to the unique natural habitation.

The karst landform in Wulong, Chongqing, demonstrates three independent systems: the Furong Cave, known as the “first cave under the heaven”, Tianshengqiao, the largest natural bridge cluster in Asia, and the Houping Pit which was formed by a rare karst system.

Karst Landform of South China

Website for Stone Forest in Yunnan:

Website for karst in Libo, Guizhou:

Tourist Information


Buses are conveniently available from Kunming to Stone Forest Scenic Area. One can rent a private car, horse-drawing carriage or mini-bus in the Stone Forest Scenic Area.

Alternatively, one can arrive at Libo County seat by bus from the passenger bus station at Yan’an W. Road, Guiyang, and then take another bus to the karst scenic area.

At the Chaotianmen Bus Station in Chongqing, the scenic area can be reached by taking the bus from Wulong to the Three Natural Bridges Scienic Area and Heavenly Pit.

Other Information

Telephone for karst in Libo, Guizhou: 0086-854-3615855

Telephone for karst in Wulong. Chongqing: 0086-23-77821666

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