Huangguoshu National Park, Anshun
黄果树国家级风景名胜区 (huáng guǒ shù pù bù)
Located in Southwest China's Guizhou province and 128 kilometers from provincial capital Guiyang, Huangguoshu National Park centers around Huangguoshu Waterfall, the largest waterfall in Asia and a must-see scenic marvel to appreciate nature's magnificence.
The spectacular waterfall is 77.8 meters high and 101 meters wide. Situated over the Baishui River in the Buyi and Miao ethnic groups' autonomous county, it is part of a karst landform and was named after the Huangguo tree, a special plant species found in the region. Behind it is a 134-meter-long water-curtain cave, which allows tourists to go inside, touch the waterfall and even see a rainbow arching across the fall on a sunny day.
In Huashishao village on the lower stream of the waterfall, there are 13 ancient banyan trees, the biggest of which takes three pairs of outstretched arms to encircle it. Huangguoshu Waterfall and 17 other minor waterfalls of different sizes form the largest waterfall cluster, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The national park also encompasses many other natural and cultural resorts, including Stone Village, Tianxing Bridge, Dripping Shoal, Balinghe River Valley, Red Cliff, Rhinoceros Pool (Doupotang) and Huangguoshu Hotel.
With refreshing air (over 28,000 negative oxygen ions per cubic centimeter), a pleasant climate (average annual temperature at 16 C) and a human touch from the various ethnic groups that live there, the park was listed among the "most beautiful places in China" by Chinese National Geographyand one of the "Top 10 tourist resorts for customer satisfaction in China" by national media outlet People's Daily.
Scenic Spot Level: AAAAA (top level)
Ideal Visiting Season: flood season from July to October
Opening Hours: 7 am-6:30 pm
Ticket Price: 160 yuan ($29.40) during peak season (March 1-October 31), 150 yuan during off season (November 1-Febraruy 28)
Children no taller than 1.4 meters or no older than 14 years can visit the Park free in the company of ticket-holding adults.
Students and juveniles aged between 15 to 18 years can enjoy a 50 percent discount with valid certificates.
Address: Zhenning county, Anshun city, Guizhou province
1. Remember to take an umbrella or raincoat to the falls.
2. Luggage can be stored at the tourist service center, free of charge.