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Elephant Trunk Hill



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.
The 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 nearby.
Half way up the hill there is a cave which goes through the hill and serves as the eyes of the "elephant".
On the top of the hill is a pagoda, named Puxian Pagoda,erected in the Ming Dynasty.
It resembles a sword hilt,or a magic vase.




 
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