Our last day in Guilin started with us saying goodbye to our apartment. We had a great time here and we hated to leave. Here’s the outside of the building (the inside of our apartment can be found in the first day of our Guilin visit):
After we loaded all our bags into our van we headed to Elephant Trunk Hill. This park is smack in the middle of Guilin and took us once again to the Li River. As you can see, Elephant Trunk Hill is pretty descriptive of what you’d see if you went:
And here we are with Miss Rowdypants in front of the main attraction:
And finally, a super-cool dragon sculpture in the park:
After Elephant Trunk Hill we went to Fubo Hill. Fubo Hill, also on the Li River is surrounded by another park, which was formerly an encampment of General Fubo, a Tang Dynasty (c. 618-907 C.E.) general. Here’s a statute of General Fubo himself:
Here’s Fubo Hill. We wimped out this time and only went up about 25 steps.
Here’s the ancient bell tower at the bottom of the hill. Bug thought it was pretty cool:
But not as cool as the lucky teapots at the entrance of the park:
Part of the legend of General Fubo includes a story where he tested his sword on a karst formation, cutting it in half. Here’s the sword-testing stone of legend:
The park also includes caves underneath Fubo Hill which are Buddhist carvings dating from the Song Dynasty (c. 960-1279 C.E.) and Tang Dynasty. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the Song-era Thousand Buddha Cave, but these carvings are from the Tang-era Pearl-Returning Cave:
After Fubo Hill we went to Reed Flute Cave. Reed Flute Cave is a large cave system underlying the karst formations in the Guilin area. Caves are common in karst areas– in fact, we have karst terrain in Kentucky and just 30 minutes or so from my hometown is Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system in the world. Reed Flute Cave almost felt like going home! There are inscriptions inside the cave dating from the Tang Dynasty, and the cave sheltered locals during WWII as the Japanese bombed Guilin. We didn’t have the right camera equipment to take pictures inside, but here are a few pics pulled from the internet:
After Reed Flute Cave we had one last dinner at Bug’s favorite restaurant, where she was able to have her poached chicken with ginger again. We said our goodbyes and then headed to the airport to catch our flight to Hong Kong. We landed, caught a cab, and then settled into our hotel. We had the good sense to book a room with a view of Victoria Harbor. The view captivated Bug from the get-go– she didn’t want to leave her perch in front of the window.
Day 9: A sweaty tour of Hong Kong!