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Fubo Hill

Introducing Fubo Hill, Fubo Hill Guide, Fubo Hill Travel Guide.
Article from Guilin Municipal Commission of Tourism, edited by Cathy

Fubo Hill, anotehr of Guilin's scenic spots is located 2km from Elephant Trunk Hill and just above the western bank of the Li River. It reaches the height of 213 meters (698.8 feet) and emerges 62 meters (203.4 feet) above the water. Half of Fubo Hill stands in the river and the other half of it on land. Since the galloping water is always blocked here and eddied, Fubo Hill is considered to have the power of subduing waves. Moreover, Fubo Hill was on this hill that a temple in commemoration of General Fubo was built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), which gave rise to the name Fubo Hill.

Natural scenery of rocks and stalactites as well as artificial cloister and pavilions compose the fantastic and unique sight of Fubo Hill. At the foot of the hill lie the Pearl-Returning Cave, the Thousand-Buddha Cave and the Sword-Testing Rock, all of which have great appeal. A gracious cloister and tearoom were built on the southern slope. Halfway to Fubo Hill is the Tingtao Pavilion (Pavilion of Listen-to-Waves). Stone stairs wind up towards the hilltop on the western slope of Fubo Hill. The Viewing Platform on the stairway is an ideal spot for taking in the panorama of Guilin.

Entering the cave by boat on the green Fubo River, visitors are given the opportunity to appreciate the charming rock and stalactites and the interior statues. Most of the statues were engraved in the later Tang Dynasty by use of finished techniques, and subsequently became precious Buddhist artworks.

There are many different and interesting legends about the Pearl-Returning Cave. One of them tells that after the triumph of war, General Fubo retreated to the court, bringing herbs by boat. However, on the way, he was framed so as to have wringed pearls put in the boat. To clear the matter, he poured all the herbs into the Fubo River and returned the so-called 'pearls'. Hence, the cave was named 'Pearl-Returning Cave'.

Another legend suggests that a peasant picked a great glittering pearl from the cave and angered the Dragon King. 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 humans' lives became peaceful once more. To memorize the event, people entitled the cave 'Pearl-Returning'.

Connecting with the Pearl-Returning Cave, the Thousand-Buddha Cave lies hidden in Fubo Hill. It has three levels with a total area of 133 square meters (159 square yards). Visitors climbing up along the winding stairs will find themselves attracted to the 239 statues of Buddha in 36 enshrines from the later Tang Dynasty situated on the upper level, along with mural paintings from the Song Dynasty (960-1279). All of the artworks bear exquisite carvings. Among them, a curiosity can be found - a painting of Mi Fu, a renowned artist, done by the artist himself, because few of Mi Fu's works are intact today.

Quick Facts on Fubo Hill

• Name: Fubo Hill
• Location: 7km Northeast of Downtown Guilin
• Best Time to Visit: All Year
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 1 Hour
• Opening Hours: 06:00 - 18:30
• Admission Fee: CNY 30

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