Elephant Trunk Hill

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The Elephant Trunk Hill is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of the city of Guilin. It got its name because it looks like an elephant drinking water.

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Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill

The round opening that would be under the elephant's trunk is known as Water-Moon Cave because at night the reflection of the moon can be seen through the arch and it looks like it is under the water and floating on the surface of the water at the same time. Elephant Trunk Hill and Water-Moon Cave are located at the confluence of the Taohua River and the Lijiang River.

Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill, also known as Elephant Hill, is located at the confluence of the Li River and Peach Blossom River in the south central area of Guilin City. It looks like a huge elephant stretching its trunk and drinking water, hence the name. Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of Guilin and its karst landscape.

Water Moon Cave: Between the elephant's trunk and its body is a round cave which resembles a full moon drifting on the water, which is called Water Moon Cave. On a moonlit night, the glittering lunar light on the river wavelets forms a fantastic scene, which has been highly honored by poets and painters over Guilin's history. In and around 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).

Elephant Eye Cave: Climbing the snaking stone path up the hill, visitors will see another cave going through the hill: Elephant Eye Cave. With a height of around two meters, the cave is five to 10 meters in width and about 52 meters in length. It's so called as the cave is located right where the eye of the elephant-shaped hill should be. Standing at the cave affords a good view of the surroundings.

Puxian Pagoda:On top of the hill stands Puxian Pagoda. Built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the cylinder-shaped pagoda looks like the handle of a sword.

Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill

Review of Elephant Trunk Hill

More than Just a Hill: The Elephant Trunk Hill area is actually a beautiful park area that includes the famous "Hill" that looks like an elephant's trunk. There is an entry fee to get into the park and there is more to see than just the "hill". What you see when you get inside is a beautifully landscaped park area that is very clean with a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. There were no big tour groups here when we leisurely strolled through the entire park while enjoying the tree-lined walkways, statues and flowers in a well manicured landscaped park. We enjoyed coming to this park.

Excellent Park: Another great park for children. We saw the elephant's trunk and river activities. We didn't go for a raft ride, but it was interesting to watch the river boats and other river traffic.. It is a nice walking park.

The image of Guilin City: As a typical Karst Hill with an amazing shape like a elephant drinking water from Li River. When I saw it, I was attracted deeply by the scene. As I could see the Elephant Trunk Hill from the window of my room, I dare say that it is so beautiful all the day, sunrise, noon, sunset.... an amazing hill!

Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill

Visited at night: I visited this site during thisJune 15(lunar calendar)'s full moon night. I am lucky for the river water level was high, and the extremely bright moon casted reflections on the shimmering water. I watched three moons within the Shuiyue Cave between the "elephant's nose and leg. It is said you can make a wish under such moonlight, and they will all come true. The unique shaped is not the whole story of Elephant Truck Hill. It was one of the favorite site of ancient Chines scholars, who left many stone inscriptures on its wall. It also sheltered the famous Buddhism master Jian Zhen, the first person who introduced Buddhism, science and culture into Japan during the 7th century. During the mid 19th century, a bunch of outlaws mainly composed of farmers launched a war against the corrupting Qing goverment. They used this site as a stronghold and bathes Guilin city with fiece attracks from the Puxian Temple atop of it.

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