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Elephant Trunk Hill

elephat-trunk-hill The Elephant Trunk Hill juts out into the Li River at its junction with Peach Blossom River. It's the symbol of Guilin City.

elephat-trunk-hill01The Elephant Trunk Hill is so named because it looks like a giant elephant drinking water with its trunk on the Li River bank. At dusk, it looks extraordinarily lively. Between the trunk and legs, there is a cave called "Moon-over-Water Cave". The Cave looks like a full moon floating on the surface of the water. On the top of the hill, there is a Ming Dynasty pagoda. It looks like a hilt of a dagger on the back of the elephant, reminiscent of the legend of the hill's formation.

  • Scenic Spot of Water Moon Cave

Between the elephant trunk and its body space is a round cave that resembles a full moon drifting on the water, thus the name. On a full-moon night, the waters ripple and the moon glitters to form a fantastic scene that has been highly honored by poets and painters over history. In and out of the cave are many carvings and inscriptions, the most well known of which is a poem by Lu You, one of the four great poets of the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279).

  • Scenic Spot of Elephant Eye Cave

Climbing through the snaking stone path highway up to the hill, visitors will see another cave going through the hill, the Elephant Eye Cave. With a height of around 2 meters, the cave spans 5 to 10 meters in width, about 52 meters in length. It is so called because of its location. A look through the cave affords a good view of the surroundings.

  • Scenic Spot of Puxian Pagoda

On top of the hill stands the Puxian Pagoda. Built in the Ming Dynasty, the cylinder shaped pagoda looks like the handle of a sword. According to legend, a heavenly elephant once came to earth to help the workers. This angered the emperor of heaven who stabbed the elephant where it stood drinking, thus turning it into stone.

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