Solitary Beauty Peak
Solitary Beauty Peak (Duxiu Peak) stands in solitary
grace at the center of the ancient Mansion of Prince Jingjiang (a
noble family in the Ming Dynasty). Towering from the ground with
an elevation of 216 meters, it is reputed as "Sky-Supporting
Pillar in the South". During the Southern Dynasty (420-589),
some 1500 years ago, Yan Yanzhi, governor of Guilin, wrote the line:
"none can surpass this solitary peak in beauty." hence
the name Solitary Beauty Peak.
At the foot of the peak are Dushu (Study) Rock,
Taiping (Peace) Rock and Yueya (Crescent) Pond. On the eastern side
of the hill there are many inscriptions from the Qing dynasty, such
as "Southern Sky-supporting Pillar" and "Purple Gown
and Golden Belt." A flight of 396 stone steps leads from the
west foot of the hill up to the top, where you can get a panoramic
view of the whole city and all the mountains surrounding it.
Note that this peak is situated in the grounds
of the Guangxi Normal College, so visitors may enter only after
Boating south from the dock, and passing Nine Dragons
Playing in the Water, the ship enters the Ox Gorge, where the next
highpoint of the trip arrives.