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City attraction--Fubo Hill 
Guilin Attractions, Fubo Hill (Click image to enlarge)
Fubo Hill
    Situated by the west bank of Li River, and 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) from Elephant Trunk Hill, there towers Fubo Hill, another of Guilin's wonderfully scenic spots. It reaches the height of 213 meters (698.8 feet) and emerges 62 meters (203.4 feet) above the water.

    Half of the Fubo Hill stands in the river and the other half of it on land. Since the galloping water is always blocked here and eddied, the hill is considered to have the power of subduing waves. Moreover, it 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 the 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 the hill is the Tingtao Pavilion (Pavilion of Listen-to-Waves). Stone stairs wind up towards the hilltop on the western slope of the hill. The Viewing Platform on the stairway is an ideal spot for taking in the panorama of Guilin.
Pearl Returning Cave, Sword-Testing Rock
Pearl Returning Cave
    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 young boy picked a great glittering pearl from the cave and angered the local Dragon King. The Dragon king brought heavy rains and flood as punishment of local people. The boy's parents advised him to return the pearl to the cave. And soon after he return the pearl to the cave, the rain stopped and flood waters receded immediately. And people's lives became peaceful once more. To memorize this event, people entitled the cave "Pearl-Returning".

    Sword-Testing Rock Inside the Pearl-Returning Cave, a breathtaking sight is hidden - the Sword-Testing Rock. It is a huge stone pillar hanging down with a large upper body and a smaller lower end. Seen from afar, it may look like a pillar plunging from the ceiling into the water surface. At a closer look, surprisingly, it actually hangs at a distance of 1 cun (a Chinese unit of length, 1 cun equal to 1.3 inch) above the water and seems to be cut by sharp sword. If you are curious, you can get close to it and touch the rummy rift.

    Legend says that the General Fubo tested his sword on the rock, which gave it its present shape. When the general negotiated with the offenders in the Pearl-Returning Cave and reached a deadlock, he drew the sword and cut rocks off the huge pillar. The opponents were startled and immediately agree to retreat.

    "How far do you want us to turn back?" they asked.
    "Back to where my arrow falls." the general replied steadily.
    "Ok, we agree. Let us then see how far it will fly."

    General Fubo climbed up to the Fubo Hill and shot his arrow, which flew a long distance and penetrated three hills till before it landed. The three penetrated hills are: Chuanshan(Penetrated Hill, local in Guilin), the Moon Hill in Yangshuo, and the third is at the Sina-Vietnamese border. The offenders retreated as agreed. From then on, the rock was known as "Sword-Testing" in honor of the valiant general.
Sunset View of Fubo Hill
Sunset view of Fubo Hill
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