Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of Guilin and its karst landscape. It located at the confluence of the Li River and Peach Blossom River in the downtown area of Guilin city. This hill is so named because it outlines a vivid image of an elephant sipping water from the river with its trunk.
There is a legend about Elephant Trunk Hill. It says that an elephant belonged to the Emperor of Heaven came down to earth to help the people in their work. This angered the Emperor of Heaven who stabbed the back of the elephant while it was drinking water on the river bank and turned it into stone. Actually, the hill is a limestone karsts formation of 3.6 hundred million years old.
Water Moon Cave
Between the body and the trunk there is a semi round opening, known as "Water Moon Cave", which is about 10 meters high and 20 meters deep. It looks like a full moon floating on the surface of the water with the moonlight reflected on the waves. Over 70 inscriptions from the Tang and Song dynasties were found on the walls inside this cave, praising the beauty of the hill and waters nearby.
On the top of the hill stands the 2-storey Puxian Pagoda built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). People said that the pagoda shaped as the handle of a dagger with which the elephant was killed. From the hilltop, visitor can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of guilin city, and its dreamlike Li River.
During your visiting, you can take a relaxing bamboo rafting on the river around the Elephant Trunk Hill; and it is also the best way to snap the whole picture of the hill.
Admission fee: RMB 75 p/p;
07:00 - 21:30 (December 1 - March 31);
06:30 - 21:30 (April 1 - November 30);
How to get there:
The bus stop of Elephant Trunk Park (象山公园站) can be reached by public buses No. 16, 23, 2, 33, 57(free), or 18.