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The South China Karst region is an area that extends across an area of close to half a million square kilometers in the provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi in China. They represent one of the most spectacular karst landscapes in the world, comprising the humid tropical to the subtropical terrain. Within this region of karst landscape includes the Shilin stone forest. Also included are the Libo Karst and Wulong Karst. Together, the South China Karst region is regarded as unrivalled in terms of diversity of its karst features and landscapes.

The South China Karst region was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 31st session of the World Heritage Committee in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 23 June to 2 July, 2007. The inscribed core zone covers an area of 47,588 hectares, with a buffer zone of 98,428 hectares.

Photos of South China Karst

Wulong karst, South China
Wulong karst, South China
Author: Brookqi (public domain)

Lijiang River, Yunnan
Lijiang River, Yunnan
Author: Miguel A. Monjas (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Ashima Rock, Shilin Stone Forest, Yunnan
Ashima Rock, Shilin Stone Forest, Yunnan
Author: LHOON (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 25 13 15 E 107 58 30 in Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi provinces
Inscription Year: 2007
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, VIII

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Local Tours of China

At times, it is faster, safer and cheaper to join a local tour than to go there yourself. This is especially true for many places in China. However, you need to be wary of the tour operators, especially those in China.

Here are a few local tours of China that you may wish to add to your itinerary. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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