Yangshuo - Ancient City in Guilin
As long as some 1,600 years ago in during the
Jin Dynasty (265-420), the county seat was removed to settle down
here at Yanghuo from Xingping. Therefore, the city has a history of
more than 1,000 years. Crisscrossed with rivers and streams,
Yanghsuo is embraced by the Lijiang and Tianjia Rivers on the
outskirts while the county seat is within the arms of the
Dragon-head Hill and Duli and other peaks and hills. The peak-tops
look very much like pinnacles whereas they are round at the bottom.
If you look at them separately from one to another each and every
one of them seems to be a petal of a lotus flower, but if you look
at them again they appear like twin-lotus-flowers on one stalk and
still if you look at them as a whole they seems to be a lotus-flower
in full bloom. Xu Xiake, a famous explorer during the Ming Dynasty,
praised Yanghsuo as “A world of green lotuses and jade bamboo
shoots”. Quite right, Yanghsuo is renowned far and wide for the
numerousness, marvelousness and delicateness of its hills. Except
for the Page-boy Hill, Beauty Hill and Kitten Hill what is quite
fantastic is the hill with a through-cave at the top known as Moon
Hill. In addition, there is another crag called Anj,i which features
a cleft leading all the way to the top of it.
Yangshuo is not only famous for its beautiful
hills and limpid waters, but also for its rich produces, of which
the renowned ones are the sweet orange, tangerine, pomelo,
persimmon, chestnut and kumquat, all selling well at home and
River cruise makes the small town known to foreigners. Located
some 90 kilometers south of Guilin
City, this town is the downstream end of the cruise but not the
least. The enchanting fairyland of Yangshuo is renowned as the best
The town is very small that everyone will know you
after one month. The West Street in the town lined with western
restaurants and hotels is the best choice for people who want to
explore Chinese life.
Yangshuo is a great place for hikes and cycling
excursions. There's no doubt that taking a close-up exploration to
the country villages, you will have a taste of the rural life. One
thing surprised us is the one-hour bamboo raft trip along Yulonghe
River. We didn't expect the scenery to be such a paradise.
Elephant Trunk Hill is located on the western bank of
Li River. The shape of the hill is just like a huge elephant
drinking water from the river with its trunk, so it is called
Elephant Trunk Hill.
Shui Yue Cave (Water Moon Cave) is between the trunk
and the legs, which is a semi-round cave penetrated by water. The
inverted reflection of the cave in water plus the part above forms a
full moon. This phenomenon is unique and many laudatory inscriptions
were found on the wall inside the cave. Visitors can boat through
the cave to the river.
Another cave regarded as the eyes of the elephant lies
in the hillside. It provides tourists an ideal position to enjoy the
panoramic view of Guilin.
On the top of the hill is a two-storey pagoda built in
the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) surrounded by green trees. 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 seen from distance and many beautiful legends about the
pagoda with good wishes are said among people.
As the symbol of Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill is the
main scenic spot of the Elephant Trunk Hill Park, which also
includes Yunfeng Monastery (a building with ancient style), Aiqing
Dao (Love Island) and so on.
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