Yuanmou Earth Forest in Yuanmou County, Chuxiong

Why is Yuanmou Earth Forest So Special

Yuanmou Earth Forest in Chuxiong Prefecture is a scenic spot at the provincial level. Yuanmou Earth Forest, as a representative landscape in the county, consists of Wumao Earth Forest, Langbapu Earth Forest and Banguo Earth Forest, with an area of 50 square kilometers. The Earth Forest came into being since geological movement and soil erosion one or two million years ago. Its shape looks like an immense forest and the main component is earth, so it is named Earth Forest. The Yuanmou Earth Forest, the Stone Forest in Kunming and the Xishuangbanna Tropical Rainforest are called “the Three Forests in Yunnan”. The whole landscapes of the Yuanmou Earth Forest are mainly castle, screen, curtain and column, of which the highest is about 40 meters. The shapes of the Earth Forest look like vivid figures and animals when people look at them closely.

Where is Yuanmou Earth Forest

It is located in Yuanmou County, Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture.

How to Get There

After arriving in Yuanmou County, there are so direct buses to the earth forest. Car rental or self-driving is the recommended way to get to the Yuanmou Earth Forest.

Best Time to Go

It is the best time to visit Banguo 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.

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.

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.