Self Indulged Online Magazine #4

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WHERE The Stone Forest, Kunming. Yunnan Province WHEN Best time to visit is anytime. Although the paths may be wet and slippey in WInter the scenery would still be spectacular. HOW Catch a bus from Kunming East Bus Station. Cost is 25RMB one way and it takes about 1.5 hours. You can do a day trip or stay for the night. We stayed in a hostel opposite the arrival station and paid RMB200 for a yearly membership (the alternative was to pay RMB175 for one entry and we wanted to go back inside the next day). You can also stay in a hotel inside the park however, these cater mainly to the Chinese package tours and may be fully booked. We heard there was a way to ‘sneak’ in for free and discovered this on our last day DOH! Opposite the China post office there is a side street which takes you into the back alleys, if you follow the main pathway you will end up by the Stone Forest lake inside the actual park... for free. They do have CCTV camera though so on your own head be it! WHY It’s a labyrinth of stone pillars and walkways quite unlike anything you’ve probably ever seen before. Get away from the tourists and get lost in the maze!