Elephant Rock Hill is located on the western bank of Li River, near the center of Guilin city. The shape of the hill is supposed to look like a huge elephant drinking water from the river with its trunk. Our tour group did not get on a boat to go to Elephant Rock itself. We saw it from the park across the river from Elephant Rock.
This is one of the most famous hills in the Guilin area. Jeff told me the Chinese myth about this famous rock. It was originally an elephant belonging to the gods in heaven. The elephant came down to the Guilin area and thought it was so beautiful that he never wanted to go home. When he would not return home, the gods came down and changed him into a rock so that he could stay in Guilin forever.To me, with my non Chinese imagination, the rock looked more like an anteater than an elephant.
Here is a close up view of the opening in the rock.
This was the reason our tour group went to this park, so we could view Elephant Rock. But there were many other things that were interesting about the park.
There was another giant rock carved mural. This one was shaped like an ancient Chinese scroll, with Chinese characters on it. According to Jeff, these were poems from famous poets, written about the Guilin area.
There was a very old Camphor tree. It was called the 1,000 year old tree, but our tour guide said it was really only about 500 years old.
There was also some bamboo growing sideways.
And there were tulips. Lots and lots of tulips! I have never seen so many tulips in one place!