Towering over the west bank of Li River, Folded Brocade Hill (literally means Diecai Hill) lies in the northern part of Guilin, capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southwest China. Folded Brocade Hill is one of the most popular local attractions in Guilin and is famous for its amazing scenery and stone carvings.
Folded Brocade Hill is covered with patterned rocks, showing alternated colors, like folded brocades, hence the name. Since the Tang Dynasty, the Folded Brocade Hill has been a famed tourist attraction, with a large number of historical sites. Scholars of the past ages have left a large number of articles and stone inscriptions about Folded Brocade Hill.
Folded Brocade Hill consists of four undulating hills, namely, Bright Moon Peak, Crane Peak, Yuyue Hill and Siwang Hill. Standing in the “Cloud-catching Pavilion” on the Bright Moon Peak (the highest peak of Folded Brocade Hill), you can get a magnificent view of the Li River, the downtown of Guilin, as well as Solitary Beauty Peak and Fubo Hill (Wave-subduing Hill), the other two famous hills in Guilin.
By the Folded Brocade Pavilion stands a huge rock with an inscription of the Qing Dynasty, reading “Site where landscapes gather”, which implies that it is the best spot for people to appreciate the four peaks of the Folded Brocade Hill. In the Ming Dynasty, the Folded Brocade Pavilion was named “Landscapes Gathering Pavilion.”
In halfway up Bright Moon Peak stands Wind Cave, which is about 20 meters long from south to north, in the shape of a waist drum – small in the middle and large at the two ends. Whenever air currents come, they will gather here to become a wind, and the wind speed will be accelerated, with the Bright Moon Peak standing by the river as a screen. What makes the cave famous is the temperature of its winds changes along with the seasons. As the wind frequently comes from the river, the wind in the cave blows all the time in the four seasons. For this reason local people also call here the “Cool World”. The cave also features 90 Buddha images of the Tang and Song dynasties, as well as 210 ancient stone carvings.
Lying at the eastern food of the Folded Brocade Hill and by the food of the Bright Moon Peak, the Wooden Dragon Cave runs from south to north. It used to be the only way for people to ferry across the river. In the Ming Dynasty, two wooden dragons were hung at the top of the cave, praying for safety, hence the name of the cave. At the northern exit of the cave stands a white pagoda constructed in the Tang Dynasty, which is one of the oldest stone pagodas in Guangxi. By the stone pagoda is Mulong Ferry, which was a free ferry in ancient China. Now wooden boats still can be seen going back and forth on the river.
Admission: 35 yuan
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 18:00 (December to March); 06:00 – 18:30 (April to November)
Transport: You can take bus No. 2 and get off at the stop of the Second People’s Hospital to the Folded Brocade Hill.