Langbapu Earth Forest in Yuanmou County, Chuxiong

Why is Langbapu Earth Forest So Special

It is a special geologic landform formed by runoff erosion, and it is a special lithological association. It was formed under the influence of tectonic movement, climate, frequent neotectonic movement, rapid crustal uplift rate and strong runoff erosion. The colorful earth forest looks like grand palaces from a distance. And if you walk into the earth forest, you will find yourself in an old castle or a gallery. The earth columns have varied shapes: a palace, a tower, a sword, a flying eagle or a galloping horse. It’s a wonderfulness of the nature!

Where is Langbapu Earth Forest

Langbapu Earth Forest, also known as Xinhua Earth Forest, is located in Xinhua Township, 33 kilometers west of Yuanmou County, with the area of 1.4 square kilometers. It is 15 kilometers away from Banguo Earth Forest, which is located at the intersection of Yuanmou, Dayao and Mouding, at the sea level of 1560-1640 meters.

How to Get There

After arriving in Yuanmou County, it is inconvenient to get to Langbapu Earth Forest. There are no direct buses. Visitors need to change at Xinhua Township. There are shuttle buses from Xinhua Township to Pingdi Village. Therefore, car rental, taxi and self-driving are the best ways to get to Langbapu Earth Forest.


The Earth Forest is tall and dens with complete types. The conical earth pillars are especially well developed. They are generally 8-25 meters high, up to 42.8 meters. The shape has various shapes such as a cone shape, a peak cluster shape, a snow peak shape, and a city shape. The sown-peak shape is large in size, up to 40 meters. A few tiny rice fields with irregular edges, like a mirror on one side, reflect the blue sky and white clouds and the spectacular scenery of the earth forest. Entering the Langbapu Earth Forest is like the fantasy world described in “One Thousand and One Nights” and the dream world in “Journey to the West”, which makes people fall in love on the edge of dreams and reality.

Langbapu Earth Forest in Yuanmou County, Chuxiong

Best Time to Go

it is the best time to visit Wumao Earth Forest from November to March of the following year. Because it is the dry season, the road condition is better and the climate is warm.

 Nearby Attractions

China (Gantang) No.1 Lisu Ethnic Village
China (Gantang) No.1 Lisu Ethnic Village is located in Gantang, south of Yuanmou County, 5 kilometers away from the county seat, with a total area of 15,000 mu. It is a tourism village characterized by ethnic customs. It also combines the colorful ethnic culture with local customs of the local people. It is a good place to taste the special food and experience the daily life of Lisu people.

Yuanmou Man Museum
Yuanmou Man Museum is located in Yuanmou County. It has a preface hall and five exhibition halls, which show the human origins, ancient human and paleontological fossils, scene simulations, etc. Since the opening of the museum, it has attracted a large number of foreign tourists to visit.

Wumao Earth Forest
Wumao Earth Forest, also known as Laohutan Earth Forest. It is about 36km from the downtown of Yuanmou County. The unique landscape was formed by geological movement and soil erosion one or two million years ago. It is named for its shape like immense forest and the main composition of the expansion is earth. There are four main styles columns : earth pillar style, castle style, bamboo shoot style and mushroom style.

Langbapu Earth Forest in Yuanmou County, Chuxiong

Travel Tips

  • The sunlight is strong there, don’t forget to use sunscreen cream.
  • The temperature of Yuanmou  varies greatly between day and night.
  • The scenic area is large. Follow the route map and walkways.
  • Bring enough water because the air is dry in the area. There are few food store in the scenic area.