Linyin Shilin, considered as "Little Guilin" in Fujian
When mentioning Shilin (Stone Forest), most people will think of the one in Yunnan. However, few people know there is another shilin attraction in Fujian, and that is the Linyin Stone Forest in Yong'an, which enjoys a reputation of the second wonderful Shilin landscape in China.
Linyin Stone Forest was first explored in the Qing Dynasty. Its name (lin means scale; yin means hiding) comes from the scale-like appearance of it's stones.
Located at Dahu Town about 13 kilometres northwest of downtown Yong'an, Sanming, the Linyin Stone Forest is a state-level tourist spot. As one of the four stone forests in China, the Linyin Stone Forest Scenic Spot covers an area of 1.85 square kilometres featuring typical Karst landform. Some experts consider it as "Little Guilin" in Fujian.
Unlike the Stone Forest in Yunnan, which is more grand and magnificent, the Linyin Stone Forest is delicate and elegant. The whole scenic spot is covered with flourish trees and flowers and comprised by several major attractions such as Linying Stone Forest, Hongyunshan Stone Forest and Eighteen Caves.
Walking through the Stone Forest, visitors will be amazed at the natural stone masterpieces, and the stones in various formations. The strange and steep landscape creates countless labyrinthine vision. Animals, plants, and even human figures can be found here. Some are elegant, some are rugged, and most are lifelike with its own distinguishing characteristics.
There are more than 50 interesting and amazing stone landscapes. One of the most famous stone landscapes is Bajie Zhaojing. Bajie is a character for a pig in a Chinese great classical novel. The two stones take their shapes like two pig heads and opposites each other and comprises a vision of a pig looking into a mirror.
Other stone landscapes are like
1) Heixiong Husun (Bear holding the bamboo shoot)
2) Kissing stone
3) Shiyuan Baotao (Monkey holding the peach)
4) Shigui Tandong (Tortoise exploring the cave)
SOURCE: Apple Travel