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Trip to Naigu Stone Forest

“Naigu” means old and black in the Sani language of the Yi People.

It is about 10 kilometers from the Big Stone Forest and covers an area of 10 square kilometers, which is composed of the east area, west area, Baiyun Lake, Baiyun Cave, and the ancient battlefield, etc.

乃古石林 Naigu Stone Forest

Map of Naigu Stone Forest

Ascending on the top, you can be satisfied to look at the black stone sea. If there is interest, you can take a stroll in the stone forest to feel a wild atmosphere. It is unique that there are caves everywhere under Naigu Stone Forest . 9 caves have already been clearly explored. It is appropriate to describe the characteristics of Naigu Stone Forest using the words “looking around on the peaks, taking a walk in the ancient forest, going into the grottos under the ground”.

The Naigu Stone Forest is about 8 kilometers to the east of the Big Stone Forest. It covers an area of 30 square kilometers, among which 10 square kilometers are the main region for sightseeing. As the core area of Stone Forest World Natural Heritage, the Naigu Stone Forest was officially opened to the public in April 2010. Naigu is a Yi word which means primitive and black. The Stone Forest here is named after “Naigu” because the scenic region is featured by blackish and rough limestone peaks which produce a mysterious and primitive atmosphere. Seen from the outside, it looks like an ancient castle. However, inside, it resembles a solemn palace. The densely packed blackish rocks reveal varied shapes and images, including mushroom-like limestones, pagoda-like limestones, and castle-shaped limestone clusters.

Many rocks are named after their different appearances, such as “ Eight Immortals”, “Parrot Rock”, “Tooth of God”, “Buddha’s Hand”, “Lovers’ Farewell”, “Pig Fighting”, “ Elephants’ Bath”, “Ostrich Rock”, “The Fighting of Dragon and Tiger” and “Rabbit Game”, etc. Standing on the top of the Naigu Stone Forest, the magnificent panoramic view of black rocks is very impressive. A stretch of high rocks in the distance is quite attractive to visitors. For first sight, visitors often understand them as a cluster of separate limestones. However, a close sight can help visitors get to know the “true face” of them. Actually, these limestones are connected together at roots though their upper parts are separate. The view hence gets an interesting name “One rock makes a forest”. In fact, the special view results from the long time erosion of water and earth to the upper cracks of huge lime rock. Besides limestones, visitors can enjoy Karst caves, Karst waterfalls, and beautiful ponds in the area.

Images of Naigu Stone Forest

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