The Yellow River is the mother river of the Chinese nation. Hukou Waterfall just alike a glistening pearl in the middle reaches of the Yellow River. It is the only magnificent yellow waterfall in the world which boasts as much as 1,500 cubic meters of water a second,creating a visual spectacle.
The Hukou Waterfall
The largest waterfall on the Yellow River, the second largest waterfall in Chinaafter the Huangguoshu Waterfall), is located at the intersection of Shanxi Province and Shaanxi Province, 165 km (103 mi) to the west of Fenxi City, and 50 km (31 mi) to the east of Yichuan. The Hukou Waterfall exists where water in the middle reaches of the Yellow River flows through Jinxia Grand Canyon. The width of the waterfall changes with the season, usually 30(98 ft)increasing to 50 m (164 ft) during flood season. It has a height of over 20 m (66 ft). When the Yellow River approaches the Hukou Mountain, blocked by mountains on both sides, its width is abruptly narrowed down to 20 m (66 ft) - 30 m (98 ft). Thevelocity increases, and then plunges over a narrow opening on a cliff, forming a waterfall 15 m (49 ft) high and 20 m (66 ft) wide, as if waterdown from a huge teapot. Hence it gets the name Hukou (literally, "flask mouth") Waterfall.Just below the waterfall, there is a shining stone called (鬼石). What makes the is that it moves up and down according to the water level. No matter how large the water volume, it is still at least partly visible.
In the middle of the river, about 3,000 m (9,843 ft) from the Hukou Waterfall, an enormous rock catches the attention of visitors. When the Yellow River flows to this point, divides into two, rolling and roaring on and on from both sides of the rock before reconverting.
Beneath the waterfall is the Qilangwoconnects the two provinces of Shanxi and Shaanxi. In the sunshine, the mist is refracted by sunlight to create a rainbow spanning the water like a colorful bridge. In 1991, Hukou Waterfall was named one of the "40 Best" national scenic spots.
Due to its awkward location in the Loess Plateau hinterlands, Hukou was once very difficult to access. After the local government improved transport and tourist facilities, the number of tourists rose from 20,000 in 1994 to 47,000 in 1995. The figure for 1996 reached 100,000 tourists.
Hukou Waterfall Tour from Pingyao Ancient City
Stay away from on-the-go metropolis life and enjoy 3 days of a thorough relaxing life in Shanxi. An excursion to breathtaking Hukou Waterfall from adorable UNESCO world heritage Pingyao Ancient City, visiting the historical Wang Family Compound, Shuanglin Temple and Zhangbi Ancient Castle along the way, you'll get to stroll the all-vintage streets, elaborate compound of ancient commercial tycoons, temples boasting exquisite paintings and sculptures that will feast your eyes to the utmost level.
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