Elephant Trunk Hill

The Elephant Trunk Hill stands in the downtown area of Guilin city, Guangxi Province of China, at the junction of the Li River and the Peach Blossom River. The hill takes the shape of a huge elephant drinking from the river with its trunk, hence it has got its present name of Elephant Trunk Hill. The Elephant Trunk Hill is one of famous hills in China. And there are many scenic spots on the hill, such as Water Moon Cave, Elephant Eye Stone, Hongfeng Temple, etc.The Elephant Trunk Hill is one of the four top Guilin attractions that all visitors coming to town usually stop by. Regarded as the symbol of Guilin city, the site is the most famous karstic hill formation out of the many rising straight out of the ground throughout the city.Covering an area of 13,000 square kilometers, the hill towers 55 meters above the Li River and is 108 meters long and 100 meters wide. The hill was formed by limestone deposited on the sea bed 3.6 hundred million years ago.
 
Elephant Trunk HillMany ancient poets wrote poem to describe the magnificence of “Water Moon of Elephant Hill”. Elephant’s Eye Stone is another famous spot. Lying right on the position of the eyes of elephant, the Elephant Eye Rock is high up the hill, with holes running through it from left to right. The holes are the best position to overlook the beautiful scenery of Li River. On the top of hill stands a pagoda name “Puxian Pagoda” which was built in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) with 13.6 meters in height. There are many carvings and inscriptions inside and outside of pagoda.

Legend:

On the top of Elephant Trunk Hill sits a pagoda named Puxian Pagoda. It is 14-meter-high, and was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The pagoda looks like the hilt of a sword sticking out of the back of the elephant. There is a ancient legend surrounding it. In the ancient past, the Emperor of Heaven set out to conquer Earth commanding his troops from the back of the elephant. The elephant worked so hard to provide transportation for the Emperor of Heaven, that it became seriously ill. The local farmers nursed it back to health. The elephant being extremely grateful, decided to desert the emperor and stay on earth to help the farmers plow their fields during a time of famine. The Emperor of Heaven was so angry, that he thrust his sword into the elephant’s back and turned the elephant into the rocky hill. The pagoda erected on top of the hill stands for the hilt of the sword. Now this kindly elephant can forever stay with the friendly people of Guilin, guarding the city and welcoming guests from all over the world to this beautiful city.

More Guilin Attractions

Banyan Tree Yangshuo

Jingjiang Princes City 

Guilin Lingqu Canal

Longji Terraced Fields

Guilin Seven Star Park

Guilin Merryland Park                  

Banyan Tree Yangshuo

Li River Cruise   

Fubo Hill Park 

Reed Flute Cave  

Yao Mountain

Elephant Trunk Hill                          

Recommended Guilin Tours Including a Visit of Elephant Trunk Hill

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3 Days Guilin Private Tour Package(without hotel)                                       

Tour Style: private Tour

Departure Date: Daily Tour

Attraction:Li River Cruise,Elephant Trunk Hill,Reed Flute Cave,Yaoshan Hill

Service:English speaking tour guide + vehicle + entrance fees

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5 Days Guilin and Yangshuo Private Tour(with hotel)                          

Tour Style: private Tour
Departure Date: Daily Tour
Attraction:Li River Cruise,Longji rice terraces,Elephant Trunk Hill
Reed Flute Cave,Yaoshan Hill,Fubo Hill,Seven Star Park
Service:English speaking tour guide + vehicle + entrance fees

Price from:US$320                                                                                    

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6 Days Guilin Tour Package(without hotel)                             

Tour Style: private Tour

Departure Date: Daily Tour

Attraction:Li River,Longji rice terraces,Elephant Trunk Hill,Reed Flute Cave,Yaoshan Hill
Fubo Hill,Seven Star Park,Yaoshan Hill,Princess Jingjiang Residence

Service:English speaking tour guide + vehicle + entrance fees

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