Asihatu Stone Forest UNESCO World Geopark
Chinese Name: 赤峰市克什克腾世界地质公园阿斯哈图花岗岩石林园区
Directions: In the extreme northwest of Chifeng Prefecture, in the north of Hexiqten banner.
Description: In Aug 2011 we visited Inner Mongolia in China. We took a roadtrip from Chifeng into the grasslands and stayed in a Mongolian yurt (tent) near this UNESCO geopark, which is part of Hexiqten banner. In the morning after breakfast we entered the park (there is an entrance charge) and walked around this amazing landscape of prehistoric rocks, shaped and formed in thousands of years. There were a few Chinese tour groups as well, but it was easy to escape the loudhailers as they moved about pretty fast as they had only half an hour or so and then they had to move on to the next attraction. We spent about 2 hours walking around and took a shuttle bus to the other sites. There were a total of 4 scenic areas, but only 3 were open to the public when we were there. Another shuttle bus brought us back to the entrance where we found our driver.
Price: The park has an entry charge.