Top 3 hills along Li River in Gulin you should not miss


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Have you ever seen a hill that looks like a giant elephant drinking water with its trunk? Then, come to Li River. All the beautiful nature scenery is near the Li River. Visitors from all over the world are impressed and inspired by its beautiful landscape and wonder how Mother Nature has created such as a wonderful land. Travel to Guilin as it is famous as the most scenic place under Heaven for its dramatically shaped karst hills, fantastic caves and limpid water. There is a popular saying in China, "Guilin's mountain and water scenery is the best under heaven". (In Chinese "桂林山水甲天下", the pronunciation is "guì lín shān shuǐ jiǎ tiān xià). Li River which is flows from Guilin to Yangshuo boasts the largest and most beautiful scenic area in China. Elephant Trunk Hill, Pagoda Hill and Rooster Fighting Hill are top three hills which you cannot miss near the Li River in Guilin when you travel to Guilin.

Elephant Trunk Hill is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin. As the symbol of the city of Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill looks like an elephant drinking water. It is situated at the junction of the Li River and Taohuajiang Rivers. Rising over 55 m. (180 ft.) above the water, it is a spectacular limestone karst hill with a naturally shaped cave at the bottom. The cave is called Water Moon Cave. The inverted reflection of the Water Moon Cave in water plus the part above forms a full moon. Inside the Water Moon Cave, visitors can find that many laudatory inscriptions are on the wall. Look at the  Best Guilin Yangshuo Hiking Tour to book a Guilin tour. You can take Bus No. 2, 16, 23, 33, 57, 58 or Sightseeing Bus No. 1 and get off at Xiangshan Park.

A few minutes down from the Elephant Hill on the west bank is a small hill topped with a pagoda - Pagoda Hill (Also known as Worship Hill). It is another top attraction near Li River in Gulin. The pagoda was built in Ming Dynasty. On the north wall of the pagoda, a statue of Longevity Buddha was encased - hence its name. There are many maple trees which are planted at the foot of the hill. In autumn, the hillside is covered with the fiery-red maple leaves. It is really charming and striking in late autumn. Although the hill is quite small it is highly regarded for its unique shape. Travelers come to appreciate the unique reflection of the Pagoda Hill in the Li River and Xiaodong River when they travel to Guilin

Rooster Fighting Hill, which is on the opposite side of the Elephant Hill, is made up of two hills (Tunnel Hill and Tortoise Hill) lying on both banks of Li River. Tunnel Hill consists of five coterminous peaks that form the head, wings, tail and back of one rooster. Tortoise Hill looks like a bellicose rooster flapping its wings for a fight. It seems that but for the river to separate them, they would have engaged in mortal combat. If you look back once the yacht has passed Rooster Fighting Hill, the best view of the hill will come into sight. The hill looks even more attractive against the rising sun.

There are lots of natural scenic spots for travelers who travel to Guilin. Most of them are among the Li River, Yangshuo scenic area and Longji Terrace field. The unparalleled Guilin landscapes have attracted many tourists from home and abroad every year. Traveling to this place will be your best choice.

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