The Elephant Trunk Hill in Guilin

In a short trip through Guangxi Province in the south of China during the Chinese New Year, I made a short stop in Guilin, which has been a tourist destination for many people both Chinese and non-Chinese. I did not have much time to explore the city because my plans were focused on Yangshuo, Xingping, Huangyao, and the rice terraces in a village northwest of Guilin. So given the circumstances, I just went to the Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbi Shan in Pinyin.  象鼻山in Chinese). This hill located in a park is the most representative icon of the city. Unfortunately for me it was raining when I arrived there.


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The entrance fee is 75 CNY (148 MXN o 12 USD) (1). A good business for a small hill with a whole.


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And here is the map of the park and the hill.


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A couple of decorations alluding the Chinese New Year were at the entrance of the park.

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The hill in the background is the Elephant Trunk Hill.

 


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Partial view of the park from the top of the hill.

 


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At the top of the hill there is a 14 meter (45.9 ft) tower known as Puxian Pagoda (普贤 塔). It is said to have been built during the Ming Dynasty (between 1368-1644 AD) (2). The tower appears under item number 4 on the map.

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An exhibition hall. Point number 14 on the map.

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Bridge connecting to the other side of the river that leads to a viewpoint in front of the hill.

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The Elephant Trunk Hill viewed from viewpoint on the marker number 8 on map. From this angle you can see the representation of an elephant drinking water with its trunk. The arch that separates the trunk from the legs of the elephant is known as the Moon Water Cave (shuǐ yuè dòng in pinyin. 水月洞 in Chinese). This is one of the most famous shots of the hill, but as I mentioned before I got a cloudy and rainy day.

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In this spot you can find several people offering you boat rides, pictures with traditional clothes, food, etc.

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I found peculiar the option of taking pictures on a boat with this type of bird in each end of a bamboo stick.

 

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A Chinese tourist looking around. Notice the nice umbrella.

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The area along the river in front of the hill has tables and food stalls.

 

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More tourists getting pictures of themselves from a second viewpoint in front of the Elephant Trunk Hill located on point 13 on the map.
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This was my brief experience in the Elephant Trunk Hill park. I hope you enjoyed it!

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Sources:

  1. Conversion from RMB or CNY (Chinese yuan) to MXN (Mexican peso) and USD (US dollar) by www.xe.com on March 25, 2013.
  2. Elephant Trunk Hill. Visit Our China. http://www.visitourchina.com/guide/elephant_trunk_hill.htm Accessed on March 25, 2013.