Guilin Fu Bo Hill, China
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Fu Bo Hill
The Fu Bo Hill is located outside the Fu Bo Gate of East Guilin; it is along Li River.
Every summer, when the Li River meets its raising tide, the hill will prevent the great wave from coming to the bank. Therefore, the water of the river will turn around in front of the hill.
The hill looks very interesting for half of it is standing in the river. It had become famous tourist attraction in early Song Dynasty (960~ 1279AD) because of the turning around wave in front of it.
There once were a Kuishui Pavilion, Suosi Pavilion, Moonlight Pavilion, Jin De Hall, and Yuhuang Garret on the hill. However, all of them were destroy because of the wars in the long history of China.
The China government rebuilt the constructions on the hill and built some new constructions like: the three floors Fubo Tower, the Linjiang Garret, the Hui Corridor, the Teahouse and the wall on the hill.
There is a little garden to the south of the hill. Going into the hill, you will find green bamboo and beautiful flowers are around you. On the west of the hill, there is a stand for you to look around. In the north, there is the Old Man Hill. As it sits on the stand, you can clearly see an old man with a cap on his head to prevent the wind.
Going down from the top of the hill, there is Huanzhu Cave. In spring and summer, when the Li River meets its raising tide, the tourists should traveling around the cave by boat; in autumn and winter, you can just walk. In the big hall of the cave, there are Shijian Stone, Thousand-Buddha Grotto, and many inscriptions.
There are souvenirs left by the hundreds of years' tourists. For instance, the inscription of Liu Xubai of Tang Dynasty (618 ~ 907A.D.), the poem written by Fan Dacheng of Song Dynasty (960 ~ 1279A.D.), the Shijian Stone Cave of Liang Shian, and the self-portrait of Mi Fei, a famous painter. There are many other relics of different periods in the cave.
Guilin is a beautiful place that has attracted many artists, but it also has met great many terrible wars. Especially during the first few years of Ch'ing Dynasty, the state army and the turmoil army of Heavenly Kingdom of Peace (1850 ~ 1864A.D.) had several battles along Li River, on the Fu Bo Hill or on the Elephant Trunk Hill.
So there are many Ch'ing relics along the river: a giant iron pot that could prepare food for a thousand people and a big bell. They are historic relics with high value of sight.