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Guilin continues ... it's now off to Reed Flute Cave & Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan-象鼻山)

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Reed Flute Caves

Elephant Trunk Hill is a neat rock formation which actually looks like an elephant drinking from the Li River and it is located at the junction of the Li and Yang Rivers.  Our tour guide told us it was also known as the water-moon arch.  In the distance, it looked to me that there was another elephant drinking water and which I pointed out to our tour guide ... everywhere in Guilin the formations in the rock/limestone seem to looks like something or someone ... to me while on the cruise down the Li River, I swore one formation looked like Buddha and there were horses also, that I saw, so today when I saw the elephant calmly drinking, it was something to see.

Reed Flute Caves ... natural water pool within the cave
  Perhaps the rivers currents have caused this slow but beautiful erosion here at Elephant Trunk Hill.  It sure does help to have a good imagination and be sure to bring you camera with SD and battery back-ups!

Reed Flute Cave was also another fantastic place where years of lime deposits have grown into very unique shapes every inside ... get your camera ready and bring a mini-tripod to capture the detail ... I didn't :( but I tried my best to capture the art and beauty of this one big cave in Guilin; it is a must to see ... if you have tons of time there are many other caves in the Guilin area to visit ... the feeling there was unbelievable ... to see the stalactites and stalagmites actually meet and form so mysteriously is amazing .

Elephant Trunk Hill
.. for those worried about bats I didn't see any, mind you, I was keenly interested in the formation of the cave and so would never have seen one anyway ... it felt like a gold mind for photos; everywhere I walked I was clicking away, and my battery 'ran' dead ... this was not a good time for a lesson, but I did learn! 

I didn't bring a tripod for the whole trip to China, which challenged my photography skills, or should I say my 'steady-skills'  LOL ... it is well lit in Reed Flute Cave with many pretty colourful lights lighting up before your eyes.  It would make for a perfect small venture before you 'run' to catch your flight out of Guilin ... I felt rushed with the tour guide, but she knew we had a plane to catch and she wanted to keep to the schedule.  I just wanted to stare off into 'space' into the stalactites and stalagmites and just enjoy the beauty, without continuously clicking my camera, thinking only of the beautiful surroundings and where I was in this great adventure of China!

I leave with a fondness for Guilin ... it has captured my heart ... the scenery and the people, unexplainable!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Koralifix says:
Like these photos very much!
Posted on: Mar 14, 2009
cmgervais says:
Great photos!
Posted on: Jul 27, 2008
row-zzzzz says:
Hi Roger ... yeah, they sure do ... have you visited these caves yet ... you'd enjoy it ... thanks for the comments and smile!
Posted on: Jun 03, 2008
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photo by: davidfeng