Fubo Hill is one of the first sights enjoyed on a Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. In a city known for its natural wonders, this is one of the most mighty in all of Guilin. This mountain towers above the western bank of the river, a tower of rocks, subterranean caves and man-made pavilions. Fubo Hill simply is one of the best places to soak in the views of Guilin and connect with its history.
During the Tang Dynasty, around a millennium ago, a temple was built in honor of General Fubo, giving the mountain the name it has today. As long as people have been visiting Guilin on China vacations, they’ve noticed Fubo Hill’s unique ability to tame the waves. This led to giving it the mountain a second name: Wave Subduing Hill.
Accessible by bus and close to the city center, the Fubo Hill is site open daily until 6:30 p.m. A small fee is required to view Fubo Hill’s natural and cultural wonders, and it takes most people at least 45 minutes to explore. It’s one of the most popular things to do in Gulin for a reason. You’ll want to bring your camera along as you explore Wave Subduing Hill and its wonders. At the foot of Fubo Hill, you’ll find two caves—Thousand Buddha Cave and the Pearl Returning Cave—along with Sword-Testing Rock. A good tour guide will point out the sites and share the stories and legends behind each one of the wonders.
With a short walk up the limestone hill’s stairs, visitors are rewarded with a visit to the Tingtao Pavilion, which roughly translates to the Pavilion of Listening-to-the-Waves. On the southern slope, a lovely cloistered garden is home to lush trees and beautiful trees. A small teahouse is nearby, which is another delight waiting at Fubo Hill.