Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill Facts
Chinese name: 象鼻山
Location: Guilin, China
Height: 200 meters (656 feet) above sea-level
Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan) is the landmark of Guilin. Located in Elephant Hill Scenic Area (Xiangshan Park) at the confluence of Taohua River and Li River, it has been a famous tourism destination since the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). The hill looks like a giant elephant drinking water from the river. There are not only many spectacular natural scenes around the hill, but also some ancient constructions, such as Puxian Pagoda, Yunfeng Temple, and Sarira Dagoba.
Water Moon Cave
There is another cave on the hillside. Because of its special location, it is taken as the eyes of Elephant Hill.
Legend of the God Elephant
|Map of Elephant Trunk Hill|
There is an old story that circulates among the Guilin people. It is said that Elephant Trunk Hill is the embodiment of a God Elephant, who used to be the mount of the Emperor of Heaven. It was separated from the Emperor in a war and stranded in Guilin with severe wounds. A local couple saved its life and took good care of it. This animal fell in love with the life there and decided not to return to the heavenly palace. The Emperor bestowed a pagoda to help it suppress evils and protect people. Since then, it never left this place and at last became Elephant Trunk Hill. Puxian Pagoda on the top is said to be the bestowed one.
This scenic area was once the frontline of the Taiping Rebellion (1851 – 1864), a mass civil war in China. The second floor of the temple serves as an exhibition gallery, reviewing this history with historical relics like battle flags, weapons, and cannonballs.
Night Show – 'Legend of Elephant Hill'
How to get to Elephant Trunk Hill
Guilin Bus Search
|Entrance Fee||CNY 70; |
Free for children less than 1.2 meters (3.9 feet).
|Opening Hours||April to November: 6:30 – 21:30 |
December to March: 7:00 – 21:30
Recommended Tours including the Visit to Elephant Trunk Hill:
Essence of Guilin & Li River
Guilin & Paradise Yangshuo
Solitary Beauty Peak & Jingjiang Prince City