In August of 1995, Li Gongtao, a retired cadre from the Kaifeng Supply and Marketing Cooperative, accomplished the ambitious mission of amassing China's leading stele collection. Today, the Stele Forest of Hanyuan is considered one of three preeminent stele collections, the other two being the Xi'an Beilin Museum and the Qufu Confucian Temple.
Hunyuan's massive and inspiring forest covers nearly 7 hectares and contains over 3,500 steles. These abundant stone monuments consist of inscriptions of famous calligraphy works, poems, paintings and stamps. The steles are arranged according to their content and artist style. Visitors will find the monuments divided into 10 corridors.