Being located in Jinning County, Yunnan Province, approximately 103° E, 25° N, the Meishucun section has a long history of study, convenient accessibility, mild spring-like climate all the year round and good exposures of the relevant strata. In the particular area there occur monofacial transitional carbonate deposits of marine origin, yielding in great abundance both small shelly fossils and trace fossils, which are present in close association and in some cases on the same bedding surface. The sequence of biotic assemblages is clearly evident and can be used for wide intercontinental correlation.
In the lower part of the Qiongzhusi Stage, stratigraphically higher, there appear the oldest trilobites, archaeostracods and Baltisphaeridium characteristic of the Early Cambrian.
During the last six years great progress has been made in the study of the particular section through lithostratigraphic, biostratigraphic, geochronological, magnetostratigraphic and seismostratigraphic approaches, thus making the Meischucun Stage and the Sinian–Cambrian boundary stratotype section in the Meishucun area a Chinese candidate for global stratotype section and point for the Precambrian–Cambrian boundary.