Linfen - Place to See Hukou Waterfall

Linfen, located in the south of Shanxi, is 270 km from the “Capital City” - Taiyuan. As for the limited transportation, it is better to get to Linfen from Taiyuan or after your Pingyao trip.

Linfen is the capital of Yao, the first emperor in Chinese history according to the written records. It was also the capital of Jin Kingdom in the Warring State Period. Therefore, Linfen is regarded as one of the earliest birthplace of Chinese culture. There are some natural and historical sites such as Hukou Waterfall, Yao Temple, Guangsheng Temple that attract visitors from far away.

Linfen Shanxi Map

Top Attractions in Linfen

The Hukou Waterfall

Hukou Waterfall is the only YELLOW waterfall in the world. Besides, it is the second largest waterfall in China and the largest on the legendary Yellow River.

At Hukou, located right on the border between Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces, the 300-meter-wide Yellow River suddenly narrows and is forced violently through a 20-meter-wide gorge before falling turbulently into a stone pond 30 meters below prior to continuing its voyage towards the sea. Over 1000 cubic meters of water per second rush frothily through this narrow opening in the rock, somewhat resembling water being poured from a giant teapot.

The best times to see the waterfall are from April to May and from September to November. If lucky enough, you’ll view rainbow across the

Hukou Waterfall

Hukou Waterfall in Shanxi

Yao Temple

Yao Temple was built to honor the Emperor Yao, one of the most respected emperors in Chinese history. The main buildings include the Five Phoenix Palace (built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty) and the Guanyun Hall, which was built during the Tang Dynasty and which features a 2.8-meter-tall multi-colored sculpture of Emperor Yao. In the garden, there is a drum which is believed to be the largest in the world.

Yao Temple

Yao Temple

Hongtong Grand Pagoda Tree

“If you wanna known my hometown, it is Hongtong Grand Pagoda Tree in Shanxi province”. The Grand Pagoda Tree becomes a sacred land for root seeking and ancestor worshipping.

Hongtong Grand Pagoda Tree

Hongtong Grand Pagoda Tree

Guangsheng Temple

Guangsheng Temple is located in the north of Linfen City. It was established in the Eastern Han Dynasty in 147 which consists of an Upper Temple and a Lower Temple, and the buildings in this complex contain many exquisite sculptures, mainly from the Ming Dynasty.

The highlight of Guangsheng Temple is the spectacular Feihong Pagoda (Flying Rainbow Pagoda), the largest and best preserved glazed pagoda in China.

Guangsheng Temple

Guangsheng Temple

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