Fubo Hill (伏波山, Fubo Shan), a.k.a. Wave-Subduing Hill, is located in central Guilin and offers a quick, steep climb to a great view overlooking the city. It's 200 meters, straight up (don't worry, there are stairs). Below the karst are ancient caves with hundreds of Buddhas carved into the rock.
I think the lure for Chinese are the legends surrounding this mountain and cave. My favorite is the story of the "Sword-Testing Rock." It is said that General Fubo tested out his sword by slicing through a huge stone pillar. You can see the pillar in the cave which faces the river. Many visitors put their hand into the space between the pillar and the ground (where the general sliced away the rock).
Another interesting site is the "1000 rice bowl" which may be a huge cooking wok or may be an old musical instrument.
You could visit Fubo in an hour if you're on a tight schedule. Be sure to climb to the peak (only 15 minutes to the top) and visit the caves below. The bathrooms aren't great, and only snacks, drinks, and tourist trinkets are sold in the park.
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