Guilin: Solitary Beauty Peak
Solitary Beauty Peak is around 45 minute walk from the centre of Guilin city. It's situated by the ancient Mansion of Prince Jingjiang. The peak has a height of 66 metres. It has been a popular scenic attraction in the area for hundreds of years.
The name derives from the renowned quote from Southern Dynasty (420-589) literature, 'none can surpass this solitary peak in beauty'. The peak is also known as 'Purple Golden Hill', a reference to the purple tint of the rocks in bright sunshine. The Peak has also been called ‘the pillar of the Southern sky.’These names are inscribed on the east side of the peak.
There are 306 stone steps leading up to the top, where you can see a great view of the city. The pavilion here is a famous viewing point.’The pavilion here is a famous viewing point.
There are also famous caves and rocks within the site. The most famous of these is Dushu (meaning Study) Rock at the base of the peak on the east side. Stories say that a famous politician and writer named Yan Tingzhi often studied here about 1,500 years ago.
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