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Elephant Trunk Hill

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Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin’s most famous peak lies at the junction of the Li and Yang rivers. The rock hill with an arched hole, known as the water-moon arch or the Shui Yue Cave, between the trunk and the legs, which is a semi-round cave penetrated by water, is named after its striking resemblance to an elephant sipping water. The inverted reflection of the cave in water plus the part above forms a full moon.

On calm days, this giant elephant is reflected on the mirror-like surface of the river and in the evening, when viewed under a moonlit sky, the hill creates a lasting and magical impression. Another cave regarded as the eyes of the elephant lies in the hillside. It provides an ideal position to enjoy the panoramic view of Guilin.
A narrow winding path leads to the top of the hill and the Samantabhadra Tower which is surrounded by green trees. It was built from solid brick and dating from the Ming dynasty, who ruled China from 1368 to1644. The north seat of the second floor is inlaid with an image of Bodhisattva Puxian. The pagoda looks like a precious vase on the back of an elephant or the handle of a sword, so the tower is also referred to as the Precious Bottle Tower or the Sword Handle Tower.
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