Songtao Red Stone Forest


Songtao Red Stone Forest

by Live in Guizhou

Image Source: China Daily

A massive red stone forest, called Shilin in Chinese, where stones resemble fossilized trees, has a history of nearly 500 million years. It covers an area of about 133 hectares on the top of La’er Mountain in Songtao Miao autonomous county of Tongren city, Guizhou province.

Hundreds of millions of years ago, Guizhou had a vast expanse of sea. The seabed deposited a large number of sediments mixed with carbonate materials. As a result of crustal movement and sea receding, as well as the constant seeping of rain, unique geological wonders were therefore produced.

Such extraordinary stone sculptures of different shapes and beautiful red and white colors have become one of the most impressive examples of Guizhou karst topography. Experts say that those red stones are composed of carbonate rocks, mudstones, and sandstones, have unique bedding textures and are rich in minerals of silicon and calcium elements. Due to its rare “pagoda type” stone forest worldwide, Songtao Red Stone Forest commands high scientific research and appreciation value.

The government aims to develop the stone forest into a 5A scenic spot featuring geological landform sightseeing, mountain sports and characteristic leisure tourism, according to local authorities.