Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill sits at the confluence of the Peach Blossom and Li rivers. The hill is named for its resemblance to an elephant drinking water with its trunk from the river below. Considered one of the symbols of the city of Guilin, the hill is also one of its most popular sights. Behind the elephant’s trunk is Water Moon Cave, an arched grotto that resembles a moon rising from the water. Inside this cave you’ll find many paintings, carvings and inscriptions dating back over a millennium, left by luminaries of times gone by.

On the top of the hill stands the Puxian Pagoda, a uniquely shaped building dating back to the Ming Dynasty. It is said that the shape of the pagoda represents a sword which, according to legend, has been plunged into the elephant’s back. Part of the pagoda’s second floor is decorated with an image of the Bodhisattva Puxian, a traditional Chinese Buddhist spiritualist who the pagoda was named after.

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Six Facts About Elephant Trunk Hill

One of the inscriptions in the cave is believed to be a poem by Lu Yu, one of the four great poets of the Song Dynasty.

At night the reflection of the moon can be seen through the hill’s arch, and looks like it is floating on the surface of the water – hence Water Moon Cave.

There is a second cave in the hillside, Elephant Eye Cave, which is 52 metres in length and 5 to 10 in height.

From the top of Elephant Trunk Hill there are beautiful views over the city and the Li River.

The park surrounding Elephant Trunk Hill is complete with an elephant theme, including statues and carvings.

The elephant of Elephant Trunk Hill is a symbol of good luck for the whole region.

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