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Fubo Shan (伏波山 'Subduing Waves Hill') is about 213 meters tall (700 feet), and it carries Xinxi Marquis Temple that was built during the Tang Dynasty era (618–907). The title of Xinxi Marquis was given to the "Fubo" General, Ma Yuan. Hence, came the name of the mountain.
It is conveniently located inside Guilin city only about a 50 minute walk away from the Guilin Train Station. With half of the graceful lone peak in the river and the other half on land with turbulent currents exploding against the hill's rocky base, a walk to the top provides an exquisite view like a traditional Chinese painting.
Built on the southeast cliff of Fubo Hill in 1964, Listening-to-Waves Pavilion is a 2-storied building of 106 square meters (1,140 sq. ft.). Visitors use it for gazing at the fine views along the Li River.
Inside 'Returning Pearl' Cave, also known as Fubo Cave, in the mountain side, there are 'Trying Sword Rock' and many carvings on the cave walls. Among the best carvings is a self-portrait of Mi Fu, a famous painter, and a poem by Fan Dacheng, a famous poet, both from the Song Dynasty (960–1279).
A legend goes that an old dragon played in the cave. Its pearl was stolen after it fell asleep. Fortunately, the pearl was returned at last, hence Returning Pearl Cave.
The Returning Pearl Cave faces the Li River, and is only accessible by boat.
Nestling in the belly of Fubo Hill and connected to Returning Pearl Cave, Thousand Buddha Crag is composed of three layers. The upper layer measures 7.4 m long, 6 m wide and 12 m tall (25x20x40 feet). In it, 239 statues of Buddha are enshrined. The statues of Buddha are masterpieces from the Tang Dynasty, and they are delicately carved with calm looks.
Guilin has a subtropical climate.
Walking: It is about a 35 minute walk to/from the Sheraton Hotel, the Waterfall Hotel, and Central Square.
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Learn about several other famous hills around the Guilin area in Guilin Mountains (Top 10 Karst Hills in Guilin).
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