Guilin City Attractions & Scenic spot

Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk HillSituated majestically at the southeast of Guilin city and west bank of Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill is regarded as the symbol of Guilin landscape. Originally named "Li Hill", "Yi Hill" and "Chenshui Hill", the hill has a history of 3.6 hundred million years. Resembling an elephant leisurely sucking water from the river with its long trunk, this hill is famous as Elephant Trunk Hill for hundreds of years.

With an elevation of 200m, the Elephant Trunk Hill towers 55m above the water, measuring 108m in length and 100m in width. Between the trunk and the legs of the elephant is a cave, in the shape of a full moon, penetrating the hill from side to side. People named it "Moon-over-Water Cave". When the waters wave and the moonlight gleams, the scene is exceedingly enchanting. 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. Halfway up the hill lies another cave, which goes through the hill and serves as the eyes of the elephant, through which visitors can overlook the beautiful scene of Guilin city. On top of the hill stands a pagoda named Puxian Pagoda. Built in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), it looks like the handle of a sword. In and out of the cave are many carvings and inscriptions, the most well-known of which is a poem by Lu You (1125-1210), one of the four great poets of the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279).

Addresss: No.1 Minzhu Road, Guilin
Admission Fee: RMB 25
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 17:00
Transportation: Bus No. 2, 16, 27, 57, 58
Recommending Index :5 star

Reed Flute Cave

Reed Flute CaveReed Flute Cave is situated in a completely concealed spot on Guangming Hill, 3.2 miles northwest of the town, Reed Flute Cave is Guilin's largest and most impressive cave, described as "Art Palace of Nature", the stalagmite and stone flowers of grotesque shapes in the caves create breathtaking spectacles which are really a feast for the eyes.

Its name is explained by the fact that reeds for making flutes and pipes have been grown in this region since ancient times. This dripstone cave is 790 feet deep, and a visitor will walk for some 550 yards through a zigzagging sea of stalactites and stalagmites in dazzling colors. Although the cave is also known as a Palace of Natural Art, manmade strategies use artificial lighting to emphasize the coincidental similarity of the rock formations to birds, plants, and animals. One grotto is called The Crystal Palace of the Dragon King--an area that resembles a miniature Guilin. Over 70 wall inscriptions from the Tang Period (618-907) bear eloquent witness to the cave's long history.

Addresss: Ludi Road Guilin
Admission Fee: RMB 60
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 17:00
Transportation: Bus No. 14, 58
Recommending Index :5 star

Seven Star Park

Seven Star ParkSeven Star Park is located in the urban area of Guilin City and on the east bank of Li River, through which Xiaodong River is passing.

Seven Star Park occupies more than 40 hectares, which is the largest, most beautiful multiple park in Guilin. It was named after the tale that the seven peaks of Mountain Qixing were the seven stars in the north sky falling down to the earth. Boasting hills, rivers, caves and rocks all together, the "Seven-star Peaks", "Morning of Camel Hill", "Crescent Rainbow Shadow" and "Putuo Stone Forest" are the symbolic scenes in the park.

Panda in Seven Star ParkThe park has famous spots like Seven-star Peak, Longyin Cave, Crescent Stone, Zenggong Stone, Camel Hill, Longyin Stone, Flower Bridge, Crescent Tower, Light of China Square, Children's Amusement Park, Zoo with Panda, 3 Generals and 800 Warriors' Tomb, Mosque, Potted Scenery and Gui Hai Bei Lin. Seven-star Park is the largest comprehensive park with the longest history and the most tourists in Guilin.

To the east of Seven-Star Hill stands the Camel Hill, at the foot of which the US president Bill Clinton once made a public speech on environmental protection in 1998. Besides, the Seven-Star Cave, the zoo and potted landscape Garden are worthy of being seen.

Addresss: Road Qixing, Guilin
Admission Fee: RMB 35
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 18:00
Transportation: Bus No. 2, 14, 58
Recommending Index :4 star

Fubo Hill Hill

Fubo HillFubo Hill rises from the banks of the river and offers superb views from its summit, while halfway up is a huge cooking pot and a bell weighing 2.5 tons.

With half of the hill stretching into the river, Fubo Hill, which is 120 meters long, 60 meters wide and 213 meters in elevation, stands solitarily in the northeast of the city and west bank of Li River.

Inside the cave, a rock named Sword-Testing Rock hangs from the ceiling, nearly touching the ground. Legend has it that once a general name Fubo tested his sword by cutting what was originally a stone pillar and has left a crevice at the bottom ever since then.

At the end of the cave is Thousand-Buddha Cave, where over 200 Buddha statues of the Tang dynasty (618-907) caved out of stone were kept. On the western side, a flight of steps leads to Kuishui Pavilion and then to the top. From there, one can have a bird's-eye view of the Li River.

Addresss: 26 Binjiang Road, Guilin
Admission Fee: RMB 15
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 17:30
Transportation: Bus No. 2, 14, 58
Recommending Index :3 star

Folded Broca

Folded Brocade HillFolded Brocade Hill is located north of Guilin by the Li River, the Hill rises abruptly with an elevation of 73 meters. The grotesque-looking rocks, with patterns suggesting a great pile of folded brocade, gave the hill its present name Folded Brocade Hill. Covering an area of 2 square kilometers, the hill consists of Yuyue Hill, Siwang Hill (Look-on-All-Direction Hill), Crane Peak and Bright Moon Peak.

Many charming scenes such as Diecai Pavilion, Diecai Archway, Windy Cave and Cloud-catching Pavilion scatter on the hill.

Diecai Pavilion, covering an area of 64sqm, is 5m high, 7.5m long and 8.5m wide with Yuyue Hill in the east, Siwang Hill west and Bright Moon Peak north. Dexterously designed and elaborately built, the pavilion is single-storied with four angles, red pillars and a flat top, which is harmonious with the surroundings.

With a horizontal board inscribed "Diecai Hill" hanging on it, Diecai Archway is a quite exquisite ancient building. A cave penetrating the Bright Moon Peak was named Windy Cave, which is roomy in both mouths and narrow in the middle. The cave is famous for 90 Buddha images of the Tang and Song dynasties, as well as dozens of ancient stone carvings inside. Located at the top of the Folded Brocade Hill, Cloud-catching Pavilion, which is round and single -eaved in shape with a pinnacle, commands a splendid view of scenery noted early in the Tang dynasty.

Addresss: 11 Binjiang Road, Guilin
Admission Fee: RMB 20
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 17:30
Transportation: Bus No. 58
Recommending Index :3 star