China is so off-the-scale massive that the stupendous scenery span the range from alpha to omega. No matter you are interested in seeking for natural wonders or keen on thousands of years’ culture, China is the place to fulfil your ambition. Among the countless natural landscape in China, waterfall is one of the most beautiful wonders. Visiting these waterfalls will bring the chance to view some of the most striking sights on China. They are filled with breathtaking beauty. Here are the top 6 most beautiful waterfalls with distinctive features.
Best Time: April ~ May, September ~ November
Recommended Visiting Time: 2~3 hours
Address: Border of Jixian County of Shanxi and Yichuan County of Shaanxi
When the Yellow River flows to Hukou Village where the width of river course is shapely narrowing to 20~30 meters from 500 meters, the water pours into the about meters lower riverbed and forming the spectacular Hukou Waterfall. Hukou Waterfall is a magic wonder mounted on the Yellow River, giving tourists a heart-shaking sight and stimulating your boundless imagination. It is the largest yellowish waterfall in the world and the China’s second largest waterfall only next to the Huangguoshu Waterfall.
Because the Hukou Waterfall is located in a joint of Shanxi (山西) and Shaanxi(陕西), you can visit it from Shanxi side or Shaanxi side. There is not bridge or road connecting two sides. Generally, visiting the Hukou Waterfall from Shanxi side allows you to see more other small attractions along the Yellow River apart from the awe-inspiring view of Hukou Waterfall, including Dragon Cave, Ten-mile Dragon Trough and Circumzenitha Arc (can be seen from both parts). The Circumzenitha Arc is an honored name of the beautiful rainbow, which is a multicolored decoration above the shrouded mist.
If you visit Hukou Waterfall from Shaanxi part, you might get an opportunity to enjoy the folk artistic performance called Drum Fight. It always takes place in some special days, featuring in its harmonious combination of dance, kunfu and percussion music.
Best Time: June ~ October
Recommended Visiting Time: 3 ~ 4 hours
Address: Zhenning County, Anshun City, Guizhou Province
Huangguoshu Waterfall is the largest waterfall in China and tallest Waterfall in the world at 77.8m high and 101m wide. The wonderful sight of the waterfall and beautiful surrounding rising mountains form the attractive Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park which is listed as Chinas AAAAA Scenic Area. The whole scenic area contains 18 waterfalls with various sizes, and listed in the largest waterfalls in the world by Guinness. The park can be divided into six scenic areas – Central Area, Tianxingqiao Area, Doupotang Area, Dishuitan Area, Shenlong Dong Area and Longgong Area.
The Central Area is the highlight of Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park, containing Huangguoshu Waterfall, Bosai Garden, Water-Curtain Cave, Rhinoceros Beach etc. The Huangguoshu Waterfall pours from the over 70 meters high cliff to the Rhinnoceros and gives out huge rumbling, providing great visual feast to the viewers. There are several places to enjoy different view of the grand waterfall. From the Waterfall-viewing Pavilion, the whole waterfall can be admired from a distance. The Waterfall-viewing Stage offers a bird’s eye view. Water-Curtain Cave is hidden behind the grand Huangguoshu Waterfall. It is a 164-meter long with fantastic stalactites. In the cave, you can also see many flying small springs.
Huangguoshu Waterfall Festival：Since 2004, Huangguoshu Waterfall Festival will be held in Huangguoshu National Park from late September every year and last for about 15 days. During the festival, there will some interesting competitions and wonderful performance.
Best Time: all the year around
Recommended Visiting Time: 1 hour
Address: Jiuzhaigou National Park, Zhangzha Town, Jiuzhaigou County, Aba Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province
Located in picturesque Jiuzhaigou Valley, the Nuorilang Waterfall is an attractive travertine waterfall. With a width of 270 meters and height of 24.5 meters, it is the widest waterfall and one of the largest travertine waterfalls in China and most photographed waterfall in Jiuzhaigou. The famed Chinese TV series Pilgrimage to the West has filmed there.
This majestic waterfall can be appreciated in different distance and in different seasons. In front of the Nuorilang Waterfall is built a viewing-deck, from which you can catch a panoramic view of the waterfall. In spring, it seems like a kid running in the verdant forest. When the summer comes, it shows an impressive display of power with the upsurge of water. During the golden autumn, you will be shocked by the charming picture unfolding on a magnificent scale under the background of the colorful leaves and azure sky. If the cold winter comes, the Nuorilang Waterfall will be frozen and form ice cubes in thousands of postures.
Please note that the altitude of Jiuzhaigou National Park reaches more than 3,000 meters, so you need to prevent high altitude sickness if it’s your first time to high plateau.
Best Time: June ~ September
Recommended Visiting Time: 4~6 hours
Address: Daxin County, Congzuo City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
The waterfalls group located in the junction of China and Vietnam is so attractive that it is honored as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. It comprises the Detian Waterfall in on Chinese side and the Ban Gioc Waterfall on the Vietnamese side. Detian Waterfall is rather earth-shaking and attracts more tourists. With a cumulative drop of three tiers and over 70 meters, the Detian Waterfall is the largest transnational waterfall in Asia and the fourth one in the world. It shows a classic Asian landscape of rocky outcrops towering over lush rice paddies.
There is available scenic bus leaving for the gate to the waterfall. The sound of water flowing in the distance along the way is like the rumble of thunders. As you get close to it, you will undoubtedly get a feeling of joy mixed with surprise. The falls plunge into turquoises waters deep. Ascending the stairs, you will arrive in the viewing deck and closely feel the great falls flowing down vigorously with masculinity.
1) In addition to the Detian Waterfall, the natural view of the surrounding karst peaks, rivers, plants and rural villages combing with the rich folk custom making this scenic area featured and fascinating.
2) Light for photograph is best in the morning, because the sun sets almost directly behind the falls in the evening.
Best Time: June ~ September
Recommended Visiting Time: 2 ~ 3 hours
Address: Yidule Villa,North of Luoping County, Qujing City, Yunnan Province
The special geologic structure of Yunnan plus the thousands years’ erosion of the water, the various waterfalls are formed. This group of waterfalls was named as Jiulong Waterfall after the Jiulong River and there are totally 10 tiers of waterfalls. So there goes an old saying that “Nine dragons and Ten Waterfalls is the No. 1 wonder in the south Kingdom”.
Among the ten waterfalls, the largest one called Shenlong Waterfall reaches to 112 meters in width and 60 meters in drop. The sound of this waterfall is really stunning with deafening roar. On the contrary, the other waterfalls flow rather mildly, like a silks wafting in the wind. Taking the cable car to the high view deck, from which you can overlook the whole imposing appearance of Jiulong Waterfall.
1) Luoping is honored as the Home to Rape Flowers. If you visit Jiulong Waterfall in the early February to mid-March, you can savor the beauty of Jiulong Waterfall as well as the lands of rape flowers.
2) The Buyi Water Splashing Festival – one of the most important local minority traditional festivals will be celebrated on the lunar March 3rd. Many local people will gather along the Jiulong River, singing folk songs and joining bamboo-rafting game.
Best Time: June ~ September
Recommended Visiting Time: 2 ~ 3 hours
Address: arlung Tsangpo Grand Gorge, Tibet
Located at the foot of Xixingla Mountain, Tsangpo Badong Waterfalls Group includes two big waterfalls, Tsangpo Badong WaterfallⅠ (33 meters high) and Tsangpo Badong Waterfall Ⅱ (35 meters high), and several small ones. At present, the Tsangpo Badong Waterfall Ⅱ is the Largest Waterfall found in the River Channel. The waterfalls were firstly discovered by the Scientific Expedition of Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyan on Oct. 11th 1998. The Tsangpo Badong Waterfalls Group is the rare natural wonder shaped in the gorges. According to the scientists, the changes of the rocks and dissection of the rivers make the gorge rather narrow and shape. The waterfall is a form of releasing energy.
Except for “powers”, no words can better describe the Tsangpo Badong Waterfalls. The turbulent waters rush to the narrow gorges with sharp blends. The thickness of the waterfalls is much more than width. It can be imagined that all object thrown into the waterfall will turn to ashes.
Because of bad road condition and the lack of tourist facilities, the Tsangpo Badong Waterfalls is not recommended for regular tourists. Till now, there are only a few scientists, explorers and photographers have been to Tsangpo Badong Waterfall, and most of them visited there in dry season.
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