Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill is located in the south-west of the city where the Peach Blossom River joins the Li River. This famous symbol of Guilin is so-named because of its resemblance to an elephant stretching its trunk to drink from the river.

Elephant Flag Hill


If you keep this image in mind, the gap between the trunk and the body is known as Water Moon Cave. It was given this name because it has been described as being like a full moon drifting on the water. There are many carvings and inscriptions in and around the cave dating back to the Tang and Song Dynasty. Visitors can take a boat through the cave to the river. This is particularly special on a moonlit night with the reflection of the moon dancing off the water.

Elephant Flag Hill


Visitors can climb up the winding path to the top of the hill where they can see the Puxian Pagoda which was built in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). When observed from a distance, it looks like the handle of a sword. There are many legends about the pagoda and also many carvings and inscriptions inside and outside the cave. The panoramic view from the top is also very impressive.


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