Elephant Trunk Hill

Tramping through the hills around Guilin in China is busy work, so at the end of the day an elephant gets thirsty. There’s nothing like dipping your trunk in to the river to cool off and taking a long, thirst quenching drink. Yet when you’re made of stone you might be there for quite a long time… Elephant Trunk Hill is made of limestone karst. It was shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrock until its outline became decidedly elephantine. The first settlers along this stretch of river must have seen it as some sort of sign – the city of Guilin has thrived for over 1500 years. Yet there is a rather sad legend attached to the Guilin’s elephant.” w/ photos

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