The trunk mountain is famous for it's shape looking like a elephant drinking at the edge of the Lijiang river.It is 220 meters high above the sea level and 55 meters above the Lijing river. It is formed by the limestone from the seabed,which is over 360 million years.
Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill is the representative symbol of Guilin city, as well as many local products use the trunk hill symbol as their mark.
According to the legend, once upon the time the heavenly Emperor leading the heavenly troops passing through Guilin, Destroyed all the houses and fields here. At the same time, an elephant from the troops fell ill.The heavenly Emperor continued his journey leaving the sick elephant alone here in Guilin.An old skillful doctor saw him in pain, He did a good treatment for him. The elephant was saved. In order to repay the life-saving grace,He determined to stay on earth to help people here in Gulin restructure their homes. The heavenly Emperor was furious to know that, he sent heavenly army to kill him. The Elephant and the invincible army had been fighting for several days, in an fighting, the elephants was injured,he felt so thirsty,he walked to Lijiang river,invincible army insert a sword to his back while he was drinking. The elephant is dead , but he did not fall, he stay in Guilin ever since then, which is what we see today, Elephant mountain and Elephant Pagoda.