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Elephant Trunk Hill

An Introduction to Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill, also known as Elephant Hill is located at the confluence of Li River and Peach Blossom River in the southwest of Guilin city. It looks like a huge elephant stretching its trunk drinking water hence the name.

As the symbol of Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill is the main scenic spot of the Elephant Trunk Hill Park, which also includes Yunfeng Monastery (a building with ancient style), Aiqing Dao (Love Island) and so on.

Water Moon Cave
The Water Moon Cave (Shui Yue Cave) formed between "elephant trunk" and "elephant body" is a semi-round cave penetrated by water. The inverted reflection of the huge cave in water plus the part above forms a full lovely moon. When on a full moon night, the water waves and the moon glitters create a fantastic scene which has been highly honored by poets, painters over history. In and out of the cave are many laudatory 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). The poem describes: on the river floor is the bright moon, above water floating bright moon: water flow moon still, moon goes down water move down. You could enjoy a boat ride into the huge cave along the jade-green river.

Elephant Eye Cave
Climbing through the snaking stone path up to the hill, you will see another cave inserting in the hillside. This interesting cave is regarded as the eyes of the huge "elephant" and is known as Elephant Eye Cave. With a height of around 2 meters, the cave spans 5 to 10 meters in width, about 52 meters in length. Look through the cave and you could enjoy the panoramic view of Guilin City.

Puxian Pagoda
On top of the hill stands the two-storey Puxian Pagoda surrounded by green trees. Built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), the cylinder shaped pagoda looks like the handle of a sword on the back of the "elephant" seen from distance and many beautiful legends about the pagoda with good wishes are said among people. The north seat of the second floor is inlaid with an image of Bodhisattva Puxian.

Yunfeng Temple
Yufeng Temple nestles at the southwest foot of the hill. Legend shows this temple was build in Tang Dynasty and it was one of the four famous temples in Guilin. During the period of Heavenly Kingdom of Peace (1850 - 1864), and the period of the Revolution led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen in 1911, this temple plays the important role as gathering place for all the comrades. Therefore, there are many historical cultural relics in the temple. After you visit the unique landscapes of the Elephant Trunk Hill, you are recommended to visit Yunfeng Temple to taste the Chinese history.

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