Huangguoshu Waterfall: the Largest Waterfall in China
Located over the Baishui River, 45 km southwest of Anshun and 128 km away from Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province, the Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park is known for the hanging waterfalls, karst caves, natural miniature landscape, stone forests on waters, running waters in the high mountains, and deep and serene valleys. The Huangguoshu Waterfall (literally Yellow Fruit Tree Waterfall), a natural tourist draw of the park, is the largest waterfall in China and Aisa, and also one of the famous waterfalls in the world.
Huangguoshu Waterfall boasts breathtaking size and beauty. It is 101 meters (331 ft) wide and 77.8 meters high (255 ft), with a very classic and satisfying rectangular shape. During the rainy season, its water rushes into Rhinoceros Pond (Xiniu Tan) encircled by mountains on three sides, dashing against rocks with deafening noises and throwing up turbulent waves which rise and tumble like thousands of galloping horses. The thunderous roars of the falls can be heard several kilometers away. The breakers send up a fountain of spray, adding more mystiques to this place.
The Huangguoshu Waterfall is the only waterfall in the world that can be viewed from above, below, front, back, left and right positions. The scene of Huangguoshu Waterfall changes while you stand in different places. One place is Waterfall-Viewing Pavilion, from which you can see the whole fall in distance. Next is Water-Viewing Pavilion, where you can take a bird’s-eye view of it. The third one is Waterfall-Viewing Stage beside the Rhinoceros Pond, in which you raise your head to see the splendid scene. The best place to appreciate the fall is Little Moon Stage behind Water-Curtain Cave where you could even touch it.
A road on the mountainside leads you into the Water-Curtain Cave (Shui Lian Dong), which is a 134-meter-long naturally formed corridor behind the Huangguoshu Waterfall, with 6 “windows”, 5 “halls”, 3 springs and 6 passages inside. It is really wonderful that you look at the rushing waterfall through the “windows” and touch the waterfall in the shortest distance. Under the right conditions (normally in clear days between 9 and 11 o’clock in the morning), majestic rainbows can appear in its mist above the Rhinoceros Pond.
The Huangguoshu Waterfall is surrounded by 18 smaller waterfalls of varied sizes in 9 layers, anc certainly the giant Huangguoshu Waterfall is the most imposing one among the waterfall cluster. But the other waterfalls also have their distinct features: for example, Silver-Chain Waterfall spreading down like silver chains is the most the most graceful fall; Doupotang Waterfall is the widest fall measuring 105 meters in width; Dishuitan Waterfall is the highest fall with a fall of 410 meters; and the calcified shoal of the Luositan Waterfall extends as long as 350 meters.
In the area close to the Huangguoshu Waterfalls, you can find a number of fascinating tourist attractions, such as Tianxing Bridge, Stone Village, and Baling River, each showing its unique style.
The Huangguoshu Scenic Zone features beautiful natural environment, refreshing air and pleasant climate. In 2005 it was ranked as one of “the most beautiful places in China” by Chinese National Geography.
From May through October (the rainy season), the falls are at their best, looking just like the Milky Way pouring down.
The torrent discharges an aerosol that beads up on you, even on the other side of the river. Prepare yourself for a good soaking from the spray.