Zixi Mountain National Forest Park
Located at Chuxiong Prefecture and about 15 kilometers from the city proper, Zixi Mountain National Forest Park has the main scenic spots of Deyun Stele, Thousand-year-old Vine, Xiangshuiqing Waterfall, Immortal Valley, Ziding Temple, Camellia Garden, Cherry Orchard, Sea-watching Tower, Azalea Garden and Peony Garden. Ethnic village and Zixia Mountain Villa have been built for visitors to stay and there are also many other rural scenic spots. It is famed for its mountain forest, ancient natural geological ruins, and natural scenery and places of cultural interest.
Yuanmou Earth Forest
Yuanmou Earth Forest together with the Stone Forest and Tropical Rain Forest in Xishuangbanna are known as “three forests of Yunnan”. The Earth Forest, covering an area of 50 square kilometers, is located at the south bank of the Jinsha River, 210 kilometers from Kunming. Altogether there are thirteen earth forests which are formed by the accumulation of sand, earth and gravel in the dry and hot climate under geological movement and soil erosion. They are of unique shapes and beautiful colors. The wonderful landscape is acclaimed as the acme of perfection. Wumao Earth Forest, Xinhua Earth Forest and Banguo Earth Forest are the most beautiful ones among the thirteen forests.
The mountain, 3 kilometers west of Wuding county town, north of middle Yunnan, is named after its shape looking like a crouching lion. It is said that Emperor Jianwen of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) once lived here in seclusion as a monk. During the past hundreds of years a lot of visitors, both at home and abroad, have been attracted to the place by its reputation. A statue of Emperor Jianwen stands in the Tripitaka Pavilion behind the Hall of Sakyamuni. Two poems of Emperor Jianwen were carved in the temple and at the same time there is the site of the tea tree planted by the emperor himself in front of the hall. All of these have reminded people of the interesting history of long time ago. In addition, there are some other natural scenic spots on the mountain such as Middle Peak Embraced by Green Trees, Ancient Trees in the Floating Clouds and Hanquan Waterfall which are splendid.
Square Mountain in Yongren
The mountain is located at the north of Yongren county town, Chuxiong Prefecture, 190 kilometers from Chuxiong City. The mountain is in a unique shape, looking square no matter from what direction, hence the name Square Mountain. The vital communication line connecting Yunnan and Sichuan passes by it. It was once a place for monks to read scripture when they came back and forth between Mount Jizhu and Mount Emei so it was a sacred place for Buddhism in history. In addition it is a summer resort since its annual average temperature is only 12 degrees centigrade.
This scenic area, located at Zhaojiadian Township, northeast of Dayao county town, Chuxiong Prefecture, is a nice place for people to do scientific study and exploration and spend holidays for its unique geological wonders of waterfalls and karst caves. Santan Waterfalls, also known as Miyilu Waterfalls, contains a total of 23 waterfalls, big and small, at an elevation between 1,400 and 1,700 meters. Among them the Three-pond Waterfall and Xiaoshibanhe Waterfall are the most spectacular. The total drop of the waterfalls is 220.28 meters by three steps, really imposing and magnificent. On its left there is a drought cave and a limestone cave. The stalactite and stalagmites in the karst are all living body in the period of growth.