Elephant Hill (Xiangbi Shan)
The most recognizable of Guilin’s landmarks is this hill that actually does resemble an elephant with its trunk reaching into the Li River. Elephant Hill has a number of points of interest. Between the ‘trunk’ and the elephant’s body is Water Moon Cave, so called because of the river passes through it and it is almost (and quite incredibly) circular in shape. The walls of the cave bear a number of inscriptions mainly from the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Visitors are also able to climb to the top of the 55m tall Elephant Hill. On the way up is another cave which pokes right through the hill from one side of the elephant to the other. On top of the hill the Puxian Pagoda, which was first built sometime in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), stands somewhat forlornly. The climb to the top also allows some lovely views over Guilin’s lakes, rivers and city center. Elephant Hill is also an eye-catching sight when lit up with bright lights at night.
Admission: ¥25. Open: 7am-7pm.
Tel: +86 (0773) 280 3000.
Directions: Elephant Hill in on the Li River and can be accessed from the south end of Binjiang Lu. Bus #2, which can be caught from the train station as well as various points along Zhongshan Zhong Lu and Binjiang Lu, goes past Elephant Hill. Bus #58 (from Fubo Hill, Diecai Hill, Seven Star Park, etc) also stops here.
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去象鼻山, 谢谢。 (Please take me to Elephant Hill. Thank you.)