Welcome to Hukou Waterfall
Located at the intersection of Shanxi Province and Shaanxi Province, some 400 kilometers from Xian, Hukou Waterfall is the only magnificent yellow waterfall in the world and the second biggest waterfall in China after Huangguoshu Waterfall.
When the mighty Yellow River flows through mountains and gorges to Hukou, the billowy water streams narrow suddenly, falling 30 meters (33 yards) into a deep riverbed like a herd of galloping horses, transforming the quiet river into a turbulent one. The thundering sound can be heard from quite a distance. The tremendous mass of water strikes the rocks, creating piles of foam and huge water poles. It is an amazing view with mist all around. The riverbed here is like an enormous teapot absorbing all the rushing water, so the waterfall is named Hukou Waterfall (Kettle Spout Falls). No matter its rumbling sound, its grand vigor or its marvelous scenery can make you exclaim that the nature is really incredible.
Standing on the bank of the Yellow River, people can see the roaring water rushing through mountains and then plunging into a deep pool, really resembling the boiling water in a teapot. The waves stir up masses of smoke and clouds, rising higher up into the sky, with color turning from yellow to grey, grey to blue. The locals call this awesome scenery "smoke from river". The local people call this marvelous scenery smoke rising from the water.
Beneath the waterfall is the Qilangwo Bridge connecting two provinces, Shanxi and Shaanxi. In the sunshine, the mist is refracted by the sunlight to create a rainbow spanning over the water like a colorful bridge.
The Hukou Waterfall has for years attracted visitors from all over the world. You can have a better understanding of natural wonder if you come here in person.
Smoke upraising from the water
Water pours down into the pool at the bottom of the waterfall, and stirs great water mist, which is like strong smoke and can be seen miles away. In winter, the water was frozen into thick ice while in summer the fall is too small to view the scenery. In spring and autumn, it is the best time for viewing the scenery of “smoke upraising from the water”.
Ships moving ahead on Land
In the past, the Hukou waterfall was so arduous and dangerous that it was not suitable for sailing. So whenever they passed the Hukou waterfall, they would drag the boat on to bank, and pulled the ship and moved forward. As the modern transportation becoming more popular, we cannot see the scenery anymore.
Hukou waterfall in winter
In winter, the Hukou waterfall shows another kind of beauty---different from its common fierce and magnificent, the water of yellow river frozen into various shapes of ice. White ice with peculiar shapes makes the waterfall wears an unique beauty.
Admission fee: RMB 91/person
Opening hours: 08:00~18:00
Take a train from Beijing/Taiyuan/Xian/Chengdu to Linfen, then transfer to a bus to there.