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Elephant Hill

Elephant Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Hill is also called Elephant Trunk Hill, is one of the Li River's most famous sights. The hill is situated on the western bank of the Li River, in the center of Guilin City. It looks like a giant elephant drinking water from river with its trunk, hence the name.

Going up to the top of the hill, a Puxian Pagoda can be found which was built the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). It is a pagoda shaped like the handle of a sword. The legend of how the hill came goes like this: a magic elephant that belonged to the heaven came down to help the people on the earth with their work without returning. This made the King of Heaven very angry. One day, the thirsty elephant came to Li River to drink water after helping people, the King of Heaven saw it and thrust a sword on the back of elephant when it was standing by the river, and turned it to stone. The Puxian Pagoda is the handle the sword that thrusting the elephant. Standing on the top the Elephant Hill, you can see the beautiful panoramic view of the Guilin.

Water Moon Cave is a semi-round cave penetrated by water between the elephant's trunk and the legs. The inverted reflection of the cave in water plus the part above forms a full moon. Inscriptions from the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties can be found on the walls in and around the Water Moon Cave, praising the unique and fantastic scene. The most well known poem inside the cave was written by Lu You who was one of the four great poets of the Song Dynasty.

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