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Elephant Trunk Hill

This hill, on the banks of the Li River, has a large natural arch cut into it that is said to resemble an elephant drinking water. The opening of the arch is called Water Moon Cave because the reflection of the moon at night appears as though it is both in and out of the water. Often used as a symbol of the city, the arch is a popular photo spot in Guilin. At the top of the hill is a two-story pagoda built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), meant to resemble a vase on the elephant's back when viewed from afar. Trees planted by the city block the view of the arch from across the river, so the only way to get to it is through Elephant Trunk Hill.

Information & Facts

Admission

¥40

Language

The official language is Mandarin Chinese, but there are hundreds of local dialects.

Money

The currency used in China is the Renminbi Yuan (CNY). The Yuan is divided into 10 chiao/jiao or 100 fen. Make sure you exchange your leftover Yuan before returning home because this currency can be exchanged only within China's borders. Travellers cheques, preferably in US Dollars, and foreign cash can be exchanged in cities at the Bank of China. Banks are closed weekends. The larger hotels and the special 'Friendship Stores' designed for foreigners will accept most western currencies for purchases. Major credit cards are accepted in the main cities at various establishments, but outside the major cities acceptance is limited. ATMs are scarce outside the main cities.

Opening Times

8:30am-4:40pm

Time

Local time is GMT +8.

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