The 2nd International Conference on New Energy and Future Energy System
September 22nd - 25th, 2017, Kunming, Yunnan, China
Group Tour

Brief Schedule
September 25th, 2017
07:40 Assemble at the gate of the Fontaine Blanche Hotel
08:00 Leave for Stone-Forest (one and half hour’s bus ride)
09:30 Visit Stone-Forest
13:30 (After lunch): Leave for Jiuxiang Scenic area (half an hour’s bus ride)
14:00 Visit Jiuxiang
18:00 Back to the Fontaine Blanche Hotel

Stone Forest

        


Stone Forest is known as the First Wonder of the World. You will marvel at its natural stone masterpieces and be bewitched by the intricate formations. An old local saying says that “If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time.” Truly, the Stone Forest is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan. The Stone Forest Scenic Area is approximately 80 kilometers away from the downtown of Kunming. Covering 400 square kilometers, it has been a State 5A-level Scenic Attraction, National Geo Park, World Geo Park, National Key Scenic Area as well as a World Natural Heritage Site accepted by UNESCO in 2007.

The Stone Forest is famous for the Karst landform and the ethnic culture of the Sani People (a branch of the Yi ethnic minority). Sani people are industrious, hospitable and unconstrained. Sani women are expert at spinning, weaving, and embroidering. They like to wear rainbow-colored headgear and bright-colored dresses. The young people especially are very good singers and dancers. Every day at sunset and under the moonlight, boys and girls gather at the village platform. While the boys play the three-stringed plucked instruments, the girls clap their hands and dance the traditional "A'Xi Dance in the Moon" with great enthusiasm and strong rhythm. One more, the legend of Ashima, a love story in Shilin, has been widely read by thousands of people. After falling in love, she was forbidden to marry her chosen suitor, and then, she turned into a stone in the forest that still bears her name so far.

Jiuxiang

        


Jiuxiang is known as the “museum of karst caves”, which boasts its caves as the largest in scale and number (there are about a hundred karst caves) and has the most wonderful in-cave scenes in China. 66 out of the numerous caves in the area are profitably exploitable and the karst cave cluster is the largest of its kind on Yunnan-Guizhou plateau. The caves in the area are praised for their grandeur, wonder grotesquerie and natural beauty.

Jiuxiang Caves is 20 sq km in area and includes 5 tourist attractions, Diehong Bridge (5 km southeast from Jiuxiang Street, famous for the karst caves, the twin waterfalls and the huge natural stone dam cluster), Dasha Dam (consisting of picturesque karst caves and thick forest), Sanjiao Cave (5 km north of Jiuxiang Street, famous for the karst caves), Alu Long and Mingyue (meaning the bright moon) Lake. In summer, people can take a boat there and step into the caves to avoid summer heat.

The 2nd International Conference on New Energy and Future Energy System
NEFES Conference Secretary: Yin Pan     Email: Yinpan@intergridconf.org
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