Elephant Trunk Hill (Chinese : Ïó±ÇÉ½ Xiangbishan) is the symbol of Guilin . The elephant is not a hill at all, but rather a rock formation that looks like an elephant sucking water through its trunk and located at the tip of a 180¡ã hill. It is located inside a park and reached by walking up and down some steep steps, or a one-minute bamboo raft ride. The rock formation is 356¡¯ in length and 330¡¯ in width. The opening between the trunk and body is round and named "Moon-over-Water Cave," although you can walk right through this "cave." On the walls there are some 70 inscriptions, poetically describing the beauty. Halfway up is a smaller opening that represents the eyes.
Behind a gazebo, just off the path leading up the hill, is a cavern filled with images of Buddha and small statues. As with most statues of Buddha, there are remnants of where incense was burned and images rubbed for good fortune.
On the path that leads to the trunk, you have the option of going up to the top where Puxian Pagoda from the Ming dynasty circa 1400 to 1600 stands. It is a very simple pagoda, shaped like the handle of swords, and appears carved out of rock. Tall trees prevent this from being much of a viewpoint.