Fubo Hill, a solitary peak, stands in the northwest Guilin and on the west bank of Li River. Fubo Hill Park is a combination of hill, rivers, caves, rocks, pavilions which form the epitome of Guilin mountains and rivers. As for the name-Fubo, a historical allusion must be mentioned. In 41AD of Western Han Dynasty, Emperor Guanwu sent General Fubo – Ma Yuan to conquer Jiaozhi (the ancient name of Vietnam). After fierce battles, General Fubo finally succeeded, so people built the memorial temple in honor of Ma Yuan. It was said that Fubo General once tested his sword to cut the stone off. Actually, there is no historical document which record General Fubo had been to Fubo Hill, so it is just a legend.
Returned Pearl Cave
In the southern part of the hill are a garden with palm trees, bamboos, and beautiful flowers. The Returned Pearl Cave can be entered from this garden. The cave is 4 meters to 6 meters high, 6 meters to 8 meters wide, over 120 meters long and takes an area of over 600 square meters. The essence of the cave lies in the stone inscriptions. The cave houses numerous Buddhist statues which were sculpted in Tang Dynasty. The number of the formed statues is 239 and unformed is over 400. The treasure in the cave is the carved self-portrait of Mi Fu who was the painter and calligraphist in Song Dynasty.
Sword Testing Stone
There is a stalactite stone column an inch off the ground, which is thick at the top and thin at the bottom. The name of the stone column, Sword Testing Stone, came from a legend. It goes like that General Fubo once tested the power of his sword, hence the name. Because the sone had lost relevant condition and environment of further development, it will never be connected with the ground.
One-Thousand-Person Pot and Big Ancient Bell
One-Thousand-Person Pot, placed in a cloister in Fubo Hill Park, weighs about 1,000 kilograms with a diameter of over 1 meters and height of about 1 meters. With the history of over 300 years, it was once kept in Dingyue Temple which was destroyed during anti-Japanese war. Big Ancient Bell is placed at the entrance of Returned Pearl Cave. With a weight of 2,524 kilograms, it was also once housed in Dingyue Temple.
Admission Fee: 30RMB
How to get to: 6:00-18:30 (high seasons), 6:30-18:00 (low seasons)