Elephant Trunk Hill Elephant Trunk Hill, as the symbol of Li River, is situated in the junction of Taohua River and Li River. The whole hill looks like a elephant dipping its trunk into the river, hence the name was chosen. Elephant Trunk Hill is regarded as the symbol of Guilin and is one of the most famous hills in Guilin city.
The history of the hill could be traced back to 3.6 million years ago. It is 55 meters above the Li river, measuring 108m in length and 100m in width and covered an area of 1.3 hektares. The elephant hill is composed of several features such as Water Moon Cave (Shuiyue dong), Elephant's Eye Stone, and Pagoda for Puxian and Yunfeng Temple.
Water-moon cave has been listed as the key cultural relics protection units in Guangxi Province. It looks like a full moon floating on the surface of the water with the moonlight reflected on the waves. Over 70 inscriptions from the Tang and Song dynasties were found on the walls in and around this cave, praising the beauty of hills and waters nearby.
On the top of the elephant trunk hill, there is a pagoda called Puxian where worship the Puxian Bodhisattva. It was built in Ming Dynasty and followed the Tibetan culture, looks like a handle of sword. The most well-known one is a poem by Lu You (1125-1210), one of the four great poets of the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279).
Ticket Price: RMB75
Opening Time: 06:30-21:30 (on season); 07:00-21:30 (off season)
How to get there: Take Bus No.57,58,2, or 23
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