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Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan) Tours

Guilin’s most famous sight is a rocky outcrop on the Li River whose natural stone arch is said to mimic the moon in water. But the whole formation is better known for its resemblance to an elephant dipping its trunk in the river, from which it derives its name, Elephant Trunk Hill - or Xiangbishan. Some poets couldn’t even wait to get home to record their thoughts on this remarkable landmark; there are calligraphic carvings right in the rock.

The effect is best observed from the water, but you can climb up into the “eye” of the elephant and down into Water Moon Cave at the river’s edge. Back on the hill, even the rustic brick Puxian Pagoda follows the prevailing theme – it is said to be the hilt of the dagger which killed the poor beast. This gruesome fantasy aside, the pagoda peak gives you a great view of the surrounding area.

Practical Info

Elephant Trunk Hill is in Guilin’s south, on the Li River near the point where it meets the Taohua River. Get there from the center of town using the free tourist buses 57 or 58.

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Private Guilin City Tour With Daxu Old Town Including Lunch, Guilin, null
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Private Guilin City Tour With Daxu Old Town Including Lunch

This tour offers you the best of what Guilin City has to offer at leisure pace. You will visit Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Hill, and Daxu old town. 

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: Flexible

From USD $78.00
Guilin in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air, Shanghai, Private Day Trips
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Guilin in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air

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Explore China’s most beautiful mountains and waterways on a day trip to Guilin from Shanghai. Guilin is renowned for its famous natural scenery, and was a ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

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Guilin Half-Day Private City Tour to Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin, Day Trips
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Guilin Half-Day Private City Tour to Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill

Starting either in the morning or the afternoon, led by a professional local tour guide, you will explore two of the most famous attractions in Guilin city by ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Guilin Private Tour: Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, and Seven Star Park, Guilin, Private ... 
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Guilin Private Tour: Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, and Seven Star Park

See Guilin City highlights in one day with a private guide and driver. This tour covers Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, and Seven Star Park, the essence ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.00
Private Day Trip to Guilin Li River Cruise and Reed Flute Cave from Shanghai by Flight, Shanghai, ... 
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Private Day Trip to Guilin Li River Cruise and Reed Flute Cave from Shanghai by Flight

Journey through Guilin’s enchanting landscapes on this full-day tour of the region’s highlights from Shanghai. Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience watching ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 18 hours (approx.)

From USD $652.00
Private Guilin Day Tour: Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Fubo Hill, and Elephant Trunk Hill, ... 
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Private Guilin Day Tour: Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park, Fubo Hill, and Elephant Trunk Hill

With its unique mountain landscape and Li River, Guilin continues to mesmerize travelers worldwide. This private Guilin one day tour will take you to the city ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.00
Guilin 2-Day Culture and Nature Tour, Guilin, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Guilin 2-Day Culture and Nature Tour

Guilin offers visitors plenty of attractions and activities scattered around its county. In order to save time and make the most of your stay, enjoy this ...  Read more

Location: Guangxi Zhuang, China
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

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Guilin 3-Day Tour with Li River Cruise, Guilin, Multi-day Tours
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Guilin 3-Day Tour with Li River Cruise

Join this remarkable experience in Guilin over the course of 3-day. Explore the region, visiting places such as Reed Flute Cave and local villages. Take part ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $267.00
Guilin 2-Day Tour from Guangzhou, Guangzhou, Multi-day Tours
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Guilin 2-Day Tour from Guangzhou

This tour is perfect for anyone who is visiting Guangzhou and has a few days to see Guilin. Take a high-speed train to Guilin and begin a day of adventure. You ...  Read more

Location: Guangzhou, China
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

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8-Day Small-Group China Tour: Guilin, Yangshuo, Yangtze Cruise and Shanghai, Guilin, Multi-day Tours
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8-Day Small-Group China Tour: Guilin, Yangshuo, Yangtze Cruise and Shanghai

By taking this 8-day small group tour, you can appreciate the natural beauty of the karst mountain in Guilin, take a relaxing cruise on Yangtze River, and feel ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,562.00

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