Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Viewing Stone

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2666

Synonym: Ornamental Stone,  Enjoyable Stone

In Chinese, ornamental stones are also called weird stones, elegant stones or beautiful stones. They are natural stones with ornamental, associative and commemorative value that give a sense of beauty for enjoyment. They also have economic, cultural, scientific research and collection value. They are generally characterised by peculiar shapes, gorgeous colours, tough and stable qualities and natural forms. Rocks, minerals and fossils can become ornamental stones when they have a certain mysterious quality or cultural significance and are characterised by natural beauty and peculiar form. There are a wide variety of ornamental stones with particular labels, such as place name stones, image stones, colour stones, culture stones, generic stones (rocks, minerals and fossils), landscape stones and craft stones. However, this term does not usually include stones in natural landscapes and craft stones that have been artificially processed....

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