Elephant Trunk Hill is
located in the southern part of Guilin,
on the western bank of the Li River. It looks like an elephant, dipping
its snout into the Li River, hence the name "Elephant Trunk Hill".
Legend says that an elephant which belonged to the Emperor of Heaven came
down to earth to help the people in their work. This angered the Emperor
of Heaven, who stabbed the elephant as it was drinking at the river's
edge and turned it to stone. Elephant Trunk Hill is very representative
of the landscape around Guilin and is a symbol of Guilin itself.
Elephant Trunk Hill was shaped 12, 000 years ago by the rising forces
of the earth's outer layers. Between the trunk and the legs of the elephant
is a cave, with the shape of a bright moon hanging over the river,hence
the name "Moon-over-Water Cave". On
the walls in and around this cave, over 70 inscriptions from the Tang
and Song dynasties were found, praising the beauty of hills and waters
way up the hill there is a cave which goes through the hill and serves
as the eyes of the "elephant".
the top of the hill is a pagoda, named Puxian Pagoda,erected in the Ming
resembles a sword hilt,or a magic vase.