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Fubo Hill

Fubo Hill, which locates 2 kilometers from Elephant Trunk Hill and above the western bank of Li River Scenery, is another wonderful scenic spots of Guilin. It is 120 meters long, 60 meters wide and 213 meters high. Besides, since the galloping water is always blocked here and eddied, this hill is considered to have the power of subduing wavers, hence the name Fubo Hill (Wave-Subduing Hill). Also on this hill there is a temple built in Tang Dynasty (618-907) in memory of the General Fubo.

At the foot of the hill there lie the Pearl-Returning Cave, the Thousand-Buddha Cave and the word-Testing Rock. On the southern slope there lie a gracious cloister and tearoom. Half way to the hill is the Tingtao Pavilion (Pavilion of Listen-to-Waves). On the western slope of the hill, the stone stairs wind up towards the hilltop, and the Viewing Platform on the stairway is another perfect location to take the panorama of magnificent Guilin.

 

Pearl-Returning Cave

 
Most of the statues were engraved in the later Tang Dynasty with exquisite techniques and became precious Buddhist artworks generally. Visitors are given the opportunity to appreciate the charming statues along with the charming stalactites by entering cave with boat on the green Fubo River. One of the interesting legends about the Pearl-Returning Cave goes like this; a peasant picked a great glittering pearl from the cave occasionally, which belongs to the Dragon King, angered the Dragon King. When Dragon King couldn’t find the pearl, he started to raise the devil waves to flood the world of human being’s. The peasant’s neighbors advised him to return the pearl at once, and so he did. Thus, the Dragon King stopped raising the devil waves, and world of human beings became into peace once again. To memorize the event and remind the future generations, people entitled this cave as “Pearl-Returning Cave”.

 

Cloister

 
Cloister, which combines the first and second terrace in an exquisite manner, lies on the second terrace of the hill. And near the cloister and surrounded with trees and flowers, there is a nice garden. In front of the garden there is a pavilion, known for the 300 years old iron boiler, 'Thousand-People Boiler', because it could boil enough food for 1, 000 people. Climbing up along the cloister to the third terrace, you will find a tearoom featuring a court to have a rest.

 

Sword-Testing Rock

 
Sword-Testing Rock, which locates inside the Pearl-Returning Cave, is a huge stone pillar hanging down with a large upper body and a smaller lower end, looks like a pillar plunging from the ceiling into the water surface. However, it hangs at a distance of 1.3 inch above the water and seems to be cut by sharp sword. There is a legend about its origin. When the General Fubo negotiated with the offenders in the Pearl-Returning Cave and reached a deadlock, he drew the sword and cut rocks off the huge pillar. The opponents were frightened almost to death and immediately retreated. So they came to the topic where they should retreat to, and General Fubo proposed they should retreat to the place where his arrow falls. So everybody of the opponents agreed enthusiastically because Guilin is surrounded with mountains and the arrow couldn’t fly out of Guilin City. However, the incredible arrow flew a distance of three hills till it landed on the field from which the offenders had originally come. At last the offenders retreated as agreed. From then on, the rock was known as 'Sword-Testing' in honor of the valiant general. Geographically speaking, the rift is one creation of the terrane of limestone.

 

Thousand-Buddha Cave


Climbing up the hill along the winding stairs, tourists will find this 3 levels cave covering an area of 133 square meters. On the upper level, there are exquisite 239 statues of Buddha in 36 enshrines from the later Tang Dynasty, as well as some exquisite mural paintings from the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Among them, there is a more precious painting, a painting of Mi Fu, calligrapher, painter, painting and calligraphy theoretician in the Earlier Song Dynasty (960-1127), done by the artist himself.

 

Fubo Hill Notes

Admission Fee: CNY 15

Opening Hours: 07:10 to 18:30

Recommended Time for a Visit: 45 minutes

Bus Route: 2, 15, 58