Wumao Earth Forest in Yuanmoun County, Chuxiong
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.
Chinese Name: 物茂土林
Chinese Pinyin: Wumao Tulin
English Name: Wumao Earth Forest in Yuanmoun County, Chuxiong
Attraction Type: Earth forest
Seasons: November-March of following year
Recommended Visiting Time: 1-3 hours
Opening Time: 07:00-19:00
Admission Fee: 100RMB/Person
Location: Wumao Township, Yuanmou County, Chuxiong
At present, Wumao Earth Forest is one of the most developed earth forest in the area, covering 8 square kilometers. It is about 36km from the downtown of Yuanmou County. Meanwhile, it is known as Wutiaotan Earth Forest. 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.
Most of the scenic spots are distributed along the dried river bed from east to west with a length of 1500 meters. There are some branch river beds lying at each side, in total of 4300 meters. Colorful gravel and yellow fine sands cover the surface of the soil.
Where is Wumao Earth Forest
It is located in Wumao Township, Yuanmou County, Chuxiong. It is about 36km from the downtown of Yuanmou County.
How to Get There
It takes about 5 Yuan to go from the Yuanmou County to Wumao Township by minibus. The road from Wumao Township to the Earth Forest is the unsurfaced road. Visitors can get there by riding or by carriage or minibus. A horse ride will cost about 15-20 Yuan an hour. A carriage is about 5 Yuan and a minibus is about 20 Yuan. Visitors can also take a horse to have a brief visit in the Earth Forest as the horse only goes to the main path and three major branches. If you want to visit all the scenic spots on foot, it will take 6-8 hours.
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.
Accommodate at Wumao Earth Forest
There are some small hotels like the villas to the west of the entrance, which charge about 120-180 Yuan.
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