Standing at the confluence of Li River and Taohua River, Elephant Trunk Hill (象鼻山）is one of the iconic landmarks of Guilin. But now it seems this site has been oversold and overpriced as it has been expanded into a large namesake park. Many years ago people could come here for a free glimpse of the hill which resembled an elephant drinking water by hist trunk. Now the side where the elephant trunk is visible is blocked by trees and high bushes deliberately planted to hide the rock trunk which people now have to pay 75 yuan for a peep.
So if you are attracted only to have a look at the hole in a stone on a river during your Guilin tour, you are advised to save your money and head for the nearby hotel known as the Golden Oriole Hotel 桂林万鹂金象酒店 and go up to the 7th floor sky garden ( the roof-top) for a glimpse of so-called Elephant Trunk Hill over a drink, more relaxing and comfortable. At night the Elephant Trunk Hill looks gorgeous!
Today, the 75 yuan entry ticket doesn’t only allow you to have a glimpse of the moon-like hole in the rock hill, but also to hike the whole Elephant Trunk Hill along the stairs of stone steps to the top of the hill for panoramic views of Guilin city.
Folded Brocade Hill is a much better choice for panoramic view of the city with much cheaper entry fee. But if you still want to invent your time, money and muscle at the Elephant Trunk Hill, well it is not a very bad idea though the entrance ticket is a bit exorbitant and the walk takes much longer time due to the size of the park.
Follow me to walk though Elephant Trunk Hill. There are three entrance gates – No.01, No.02 and No.03. Basically you’d better enter the park through the No.03 Gate which is closer to the hill itself, easier for you to climb up. If you only want to see the hole of the hill, you should go through either the No.01 or No.02 Gate.
The green and lush lawn below the hill.
Starting to hike up along the stone stairs of steps.
Looking at the west from the hillside, you can see Taohua River.
Looking at the north, you are able to see the confluence of the two rivers – Taohua on the left and Li River on the upper right.
Snap some pictures on the summit where you can have clear views of the Li River, karst hills and the city.
Li River on the south of Elephant Trunk Hill.
The apartment blocks below at a distance seen from the top of the hill.
You are also able to walk to the north side of the hill on the open top where you have the chance to look at Huo Hill and Folded Brocade Hill on the north of the hill. Backtrack after hiking around the hilltop and walk down. Then cross Taohua River along the stone bridge linking the two banks. Continue to walk for a good spot where you can clearly see the Elephant Trunk Hill.
You should walk across the stone bridge linking the two banks of Taohua River and move on to the place where you can clearly see the hole in the rock – Elephant Trunk Hill.
Try to locate a good spot for an iconic photo of the hill.
A group of foreign tourists come afar for visiting the trunk hill.
Posed like a fishing man, grasping a bamboo pole with two cormorants and putting on a straw rain cap.
A complete picture of Elephant Trunk Hill.
The park is more attractive to the domestic tourists due to the added entertainment in the park.
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