Located in the center of Guilin and adjacent to the Lijiang River in the east, Fubo Hill Park borders Folded Brocade Hill Park in the north and the Prince City Scenic Area in the west, and faces the Elephant Trunk Hill Park in the south and the Putuo Hill in the east, with convenient transportation facilities.
The Fubo Hill Park includes a succession of scenes, such as Fubo Hill (Wave-Subduing Hill), Pearl-Returning Cave, Sword-Testing Stone, Thousand-Buddha Cave, and Wave-Listening Pavilion. Though small in size, this park has picturesque natural scenery and high-class historical sites.
Fubo Hill (Wave-Subduing Hill)
Rising from the ground, Fubo Hill (Wave-Subduing Hill) slopes into the Li River in the east and looms in the west over the ground. Waves run back wherever they meet the blocks thus it gets the name of Wave-Subduing Hill. It is well known as the Wonderland on Wave with its exquisite peak rising high and its foot half in water and half on land.
Fubo Hill is 63 meters high, 60 meters wide, and 213 meters above sea level. The hill itself has stairs that lead to the top. Halfway up the hill is a small pavilion which looks over the surrounding neighborhoods. On the top of the hill, there is another pavilion which was first built in Tang Dynasty. You can climb up to the top of the hill where you can see a spectacular view of Guilin City, the Li River and the mountains scattered around Guilin City. You may also see the passing raft down the river. Wonderful photos can be taken here.
At the foot of the hill is the Pearl-Returning Cave. It holds a large number of cliffside stone carvings, most of which are engraved images. Pearl-Returning Cave is the essence of the park, inside which there is a famous Stone called Sword-Testing Stone. Connecting with the Pearl-Returning Cave, the Thousand-Buddha Cave lies hidden in the hill.
In the Pearl-Returning Cave, you will find a stalactite stone pillar hanging down with a large upper body and a smaller lower end. The strangest is that it is close to the ground but does not touch it, with barely an inch of space in between, as if it were cut by a sharp sword, hence the name Sword Testing Stone.
It has three levels with a total area of 133 square meters (159 square yards). Climbing up along the winding stairs to the upper level, you will find 239 statues of Buddha in 36 enshrines from the later Tang Dynasty, of which the most precious is a self-portrait of Mi Fu, one of the four major calligraphers of the Song Dynasty and once served as a county official in Guilin. His paintings show great influence of the landscapes of Guilin. The original of this self-portrait of Mi Fu came from the imperial palace, with the calligraphy by Emperor Gaozong of the Song Dynasty and an inscription by Mi Fu’s son.
One of the eight famous scenic spots of Guilin, it is a two-story pavilion, which backs on to a rock wall. With glazed yellow tile roofs and a large balcony, the pavilion is a perfect place for you to have a nice view of the Lijiang River and a panoramic view of the park. Leaning against the balusters at the pavilion and sipping fragrant tea, you will be intoxicated while watching the river flow to the south in the breeze and listening to the waves at sunset.
In the Fubo Hill Park, there are also an Iron Bell weighing 2.5 tons and a Thousand-People Pot.
Cast in the Qing Dynasty, the Iron Bell is 2.5 meters high, and weighs 2.5 tons, with a diameter of 1.7 meters. The upper part of the bell is inscribed with sutras; and the middle part with inscriptions and superscriptions by Prince Pingnan and others.
With a diameter of 1.5 meters, this pot is 0.8 meter deep and weighs about 1 ton. It can cook 150 kg of rice at one time, enough for 1,000 people to eat, hence the name.
In the summer months, Fubo Hill Park attracts a lot of locals resting on the banks of the Li River. Sweltering locals bring their radios, swimmers and umbrellas, enjoying a relaxing afternoon.
Transport: It can be reached by bus No. 2.