Fubo Hill (Wave-Subduing Hill)
Located on the side of Li River, Guilin, Fubo Hill is known for its shape and delicate scenery. The origin of the name is from a General of Han Dynasty whose name was Fubo. He campaigned here frequently and during a battle it is said that from this hill he attacked three opposing hill based territories with just a single arrow. The site attracts many due to the tranquil nature of the water, which changes from travelling very quickly into a much calmer pace.
Tingtao Pavilion was built in 1964 with its main purpose serving as a reception to visitors. Offering an open view of the hill, its graceful nature deems it to be very popular among photographers. However, those who are familiar with the spot suggest closing your eyes and let the surrounding area’s atmosphere capture your imagination.
This huge stone became quintessential to the defense based operations, as keeping your weapons sharp was necessary for a successful battle. Resembling a pillar plunging from the ceiling into the water surface, visitors do have the opportunity to touch the object, but should also be aware of the safety risks. Other legends of the stone include the tale of how the stone was shaped. Legend has it, when Fubo negotiated with the enemy he pulled out his sword from the stone and caused the stone to break. The offenders were said to be so frightened by his courage and skill that they agreed to retreat to their previous position. From then on, the rock was known as 'Sword-Testing Rock' as a testimony to the valiant general.
Based on the hillside, it connects with the ‘Pearl Returning Cave’. The upper level is 6 metres long from the south to the north and 7.4 metres wide from the west to the east and the height is 12 meters, the middle is 2.3 metres high and 7.4 metres wide, while the bottom is 20 metres, 1.5 metres wide and 2 metres high. Allegedly as many as 239 Buddhist statues that are situated here were made in the late period of the Tang Dynasty and are considered to be precious Buddhist material with extremely high research value. All of the artworks bear exquisite carvings. Natural scenery of the rocks and the pavilions make Fubo Hill the marvellous sight that you’d be foolish not to experience.