Solitary Beauty Peak

Solitary Beauty Peak is located in Jingjiang Princes'City, with an area of 6,100 square meters. Towering 216 meters above the sea level and 66 meters above the ground, this peak has been a major scenic site in Guilin since ancient times and is renowned as the 'Sky-Supporting Pillar in the South'. Composed of limestone from the shallow sea sediment biochemistry about 0.35 billion years ago, the peak got its name from the famous line in Southern Dynasty (420-589) literature which was written by YanYanzhi, the governor of Guilin, 'none can surpass this solitary peak in beauty'. When bathed in the dawn sunshine or afterglow, the peak seems to be wearing a purple gown and a golden belt, which is the origin of its other name 'Purple Golden Hill'.

Guilin Solitary Beauty Peak

A stone stair of 306 steps will lead you to the top of the peak, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Guilin City and the panoramic views of Guilin’s hills. Here, you will also find the famous Solitary Beauty Pavilion, which is 7 meters high, has 2 floors and is supported by several red pillars.

The Stone Inscriptions in Solitary Beauty Peak

There are many peculiar caves in this scenic site. The most famous one is the Dushu (Study) Rock at the east foot of the peak, which looks like a stone room with natural windows and beds inside. It is said that Yan Yanzhi, governor of Guilin and also a famous writer, often studied here about 1,500 years ago. At the west foot lays the Taiping (Peace) Rock, which is 2.9 meters high and covers an area of 140 square meters. This cave looks like a gracious house with a very smooth floor and stalactites of various shapes hanging down from the roof. Flowers are planted in the front of the cave, and statues of Buddha have been erected inside. On the wall of the cave, you can read poets' praise of the cave's exquisite characteristics. The Snow Cave on the other hand, which is located at the north-west foot, is famous for its stalactites that are white as snow.

The renowned Yueya Pond (Crescent Pond) is located at the east foot of the peak. Its name is owing to its distinct crescent shape. The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial monument stands on the bank of the pond, and was established in 1925 to memorize the revolution led by its namesake, Sun Yat-sen. Now, it has been acknowledged as one of the major protected heritages of Guilin City.

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