The Elephant Hill (Elephant Trunk Hill)
lies on the western bank of the Lijiang River in Guilin
city center. It is regarded as the symbol of Guilin,
most tourists visit it when they travel to Guilin. The
hill is shaped like a giant elephant drinking water
from river with its trunk, hence the name. Standing
atop the hill, you can see the panoramic view of Guilin
Water Moon Cave is is a semi-round cave
penetrated by water between the trunk and the legs.
The inverted reflection of the cave in water plus the
part above forms a full moon, a truly unique phenomenon.
More than 70 carvings and Inscriptions from the Tang
(618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties can be found
on the wall inside the cave praising the beauty of the
hill and water landscape. The most well known one is
a poem by Lu You (1125-1210), one of the four great
poets of the Song dynasty.
On top of the Elephant Hill stands a two-storey
Puxian Pagoda, which was built in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).
It looks like the handle of a sword. One of the legends
goes like this: a magic elephant from heaven came down
to drink water from the Li River each night. The elephant
drank so much that it makes the river dry! The local
people prayed for the elephant's destruction and one
night, the gods answered their prayers by thrusting
a sword to the back of the elephant when it was standing
by the river. The elephant was turned to stone and the
people were saved. The Puxian Pagoda is the handle the
sword that thrusting the elephant.
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Guilin tours to Elephant Hill. We provide ready-made
tour packages, flexible day trips and private excursions
to Elephant Hill. We are always ready to customize a
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Most of our Guilin
package tours include the visits to the
Elephant Hill, we also have two private one day trips below that
with the attraction included.
Private Guilin Ciy Tour To Reed Flute Cave, Elephant
Hill And Fubo Hill
Day Private Guilin Ciy Tour To Seven Star Park, Reed
Flute Cave, Elephant Hill And Fubo Hill