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Mountain Syanbishan, China

From series “Incredible Natural Arches Built by Water and Wind”
In the southern part of China is the famous Xiangshan Mountain, the main feature of which is the most beautiful natural arch. Literally the name of the mountain can be translated as ‘Elephant’s Trunk’. With its outlines the mountain really resembles a huge elephant that drinks water. In the warm season, a special charm of the mountain is given by the dense vegetation covering its slopes. The natural landmark is in the central area of Guilin, at the confluence of the Li River with the Peach Blossom River.

Mountain Syanbishan, China Elephant Mountain is the most important landmark of Guilin. Xiangshan has a lot of incredible secrets that experienced tourists can personally explore. In the interior of the arch there is a small cave called the Water Moon. If you visit it on a full moon night, you can admire the fabulously beautiful scenery of the river, which is especially unique in the moonlight. Surprisingly, in search of inspiration, the cave was visited by poets and artists as early as the 12th century, as evidenced by memorable inscriptions left on the walls.

At the top of the mountain is a cave with the symbolic name Elephant Eye, it is quite large in size and is one of the best places to admire the surroundings from the height.

Travellers who dare to get to the top of the mountain will wait for another surprise. At the top is a famous Puxian pagoda, the construction of which was held in the 14th century, it is an invaluable religious and architectural monument. To the beginning - Landscape Arch

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Supermarket: 'Lianhua Supermarket' in 0.39 km
Parking: 'Dongming Hotel Parking Lot' in 0.21 km
Police station: 'Yangqiao Police Station' in 0.21 km
Railway station: 'Guilin Railway Station' in 1.64 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Guilin Liangjiang International Airport KWL - in 25 km
 »  Changsha Huanghua International Airport CSX - in 420 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Mountain Syanbishan

Vienna Hotel Guilin Branch

Located in 0 km from Mountain Syanbishan
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Rooms: 258
Vienna Guilin is a 15-minute walk from Shanhu Lake and a 10-minute drive from Seven Star Park. Guilin Railway Station is just a 5-minute drive away. … More: photo, rates and booking
Telecom Hotel Guilin

Located in 1 km from Mountain Syanbishan
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Rooms: 75
Telecom Hotel Guilin is a 10-minute drive from Xiangshan Scenic Area and 20-minute drive from Two Rivers and Four Lakes. Liangjiang International … More: photo, rates and booking
Three Trees Hotel

Located in 2 km from Mountain Syanbishan
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Rooms: 120
Three Trees Hotel is a 15-minute drive from Elephant Trunk Hill. It is a 10-minute drive from Guilin South Station, a 10-minute drive from Guilin Bus … More: photo, rates and booking
Guilin Xiduo International Hotel

Located in 3 km from Mountain Syanbishan
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Rooms: 203

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Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Village
9 km - Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Village
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Yangshuo Town
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Yangshuo is one of those towns of the world, where everyone wants to stay forever. It is framed by high mountains, which are covered by a thick vegetation during warmer months. Many people appreciate Yangshuo for fabulously beautiful scenery. Swift streams and rivers …
Moon Hill
51 km - Moon Hill
Moon Hill is a natural arch located In the Guilin district, China. Its height is 50 meters. Scientists have found out that the destruction of a limestone cave led to the formation of the arch. Under the influence of water and wind a through hole of a regular shape has …
Hanging Heng mountain temple
202 km - Hanging Heng mountain temple
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Shell Beach
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Top destination around Mountain Syanbishan - Guilin

There is no exact data regarding the foundation date of Guilin. As Chinese historic documents do not mention this, local scientists still argue on this subject. However, there is an approximate date – 214 BC. Even at that time, the new settlement immediately became an important city. Guilin had a beneficial location – it was situated near an ancient canal that connected the south and north parts of China. During the reign of the Han dynasty, the city had another name – Lingui.

When the reigning forces changed in the second part of the XIV century, and the Ming dynasty became the ruler of China, the Chinese city became the capital of Guangxi province. Guilin kept this status until the mid-20th century. The city played an important role during the reign of Tang and Song dynasties. As the city was located not far from the border, a regular army was placed in Guilin to protect the region. In order to supply water to the army, the city’s authorities decided to make Lingqu that connected two rivers, namely, the Xiang River and the Li River. Thanks to this, the army was never short on water.
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