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Folded Brocade Hill (Die Cai Hill)

Towering over Li River's west bank, Folded Brocade Hill lies in the northern part of Guilin city. The name is derived from its queer-looking rocks, which are broken horizontally. Covering an area of 2 square kilometers, Folded Brocade consists of Yueyue Hill, Look-on-All-Direction Hill, Crane Peak and Bright Moon Peak . The Wind Cave runs from north to south halfway up the hill, with a cool breeze blows inside it in all seasons. It features 90 Buddha images of the Tang and Song Dynasties, as well as dozens of ancient stone carvings. After passing through the Wind Cave, you come to the Face-the-Cloud Pavilion, Over-the-River Pavilion, and finally the summit of Bright Moon Peak, where Catch-the -Cloud Pavilion commands a splendid view of tourist attraction which was already famous back in the Tang Dynasty, or some 1,000 years ago.

Diecai Pavilion, covering an area of 64 square kilometers (15,815 acres), is 5 meters (16 feet) high, 7.5 meters (25.6 feet) long and 8.5 meters (27.9 feet) wide with Yuyue Hill in the east, Look-on-All-Direction Hill west and Bright Moon Peak north. Dexterously designed and elaborately built, the pavilion is single-storied with four angles, red pillars and a flat top, which is harmonious with the surroundings.

The Wind Cave, which the wind blows through in all seasons, penetrates Bright Moon Peak, with a wide mouth protruding from either side of the slope and a narrow part in the middle. What makes it famous is the changing temperature of its winds. Whatever the weather is outside, a cool breeze is always blowing in the Wind Cave. The cave is worth a visit not only for its winds but for its rock carvings, both inside and outside of the cave. Nearly 100 Buddha images of the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, as well as 210 stone carvings, can be found here.

Along the narrow stone path up you will then find the Face-the-Cloud Pavilion and Over-the-River Pavilion, which provide well stops for the toilsome journey up to the top of the Bright Moon Peak. The Bright Moon Peak is the summit of the hill, where the Catch-the-Cloud Pavilion stands. Standing on the pavilion, visitors can get a wonderful view of Guilin.