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Elephant Trunk Hill


Elephant Trunk HillOne of the mountains in the center of the town is aptly named Elephant Trunk Hill or just Elephant Rock. It indeed resembles an elephant with its big trunk hanging over a small part of the river. It is at the confluence of Lijinag River and Taohua River.

Elephant Trunk Hill has a history of 3.6 hundred million years. Resembling elephant leisurely sucking water from the river with its long trunk, this hill is famous as Elephant Trunk Hill for hundreds of years.

Between the trunk and the legs of the elephant is a cave, in the shape of a full moon, penetrating the hill from side to side. On the walls in and around this cave, over 70 inscriptions from the Tang and Song dynasties were found, praising the beauty of hills and waters nearby.

Halfway up the hill lies another cave, which goes through the hill and serves as the eyes of the elephant, through which visitors can overlook the beautiful scene of Guilin city.

On top of the hill stands a pagoda named Puxian Pagoda. Built in the Ming dynasty, it looks like the handle of a sword. In and out of 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.

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