Solitary Beauty Peak
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.
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.