From Kunming you can take the bus from Kunming East bus station for ¥34 to the scenic area bus station (this will take around 2 hours) or ¥35 to Shilin town. There are also around 8 buses per day from Kunming Changshui airport to the scenic area bus station, costing ¥45.
Shilin Bus Station is a short walk from the visitors’ centre, where you can buy tickets to the forest. The centre is a short, flat 1.8-km (20-min) walk from the entrance. There is an optional golf buggy transit from the centre to the entrance, ¥25. Be aware of well-meaning staff and signs which exaggerate the distance you will walk from the centre to the entrance!
Local trains from Kunming station to Shilin cost ¥15-20 and take about 2 hours.
High-speed D-class trains from Kunming South (subway line 1) to Shilin West: ¥18, 22 minutes, several per day mostly leaving in the morning or early afternoon and returning in the afternoon/evening. The train is met by a generous supply of local buses: ¥8, 50 minutes through Shilin town to the bus terminal.
Last bus back is 18:00, for the 19:00 train (January 2017).
- National Park – entrance ¥140.
Take picture with girls of the Bai minority dressed in traditional colorful dresses. There are also a great number of interesting rocks to see, with amazing views of the karst topography, especially beyond the areas which the tour groups normally go.
Walk to the back of the park, away from where the local tour groups go for a quiet walk amongst a mixture of moon-like landscapes, farmland, lakes, rust-red irrigated fields and citrus groves.