Hukou Waterfall

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Sitting at the intersection of Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces, Hukou Waterfall is the world's only yellow waterfall and the second-largest waterfall in China after Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou province.  

The width of Hukou Waterfall changes with the seasons, expanding from about 30 meters to 50 meters during flooding and the rainy season. 

The waterfall offers visitors to the Yellow River Basin many natural pleasures. The Yellow River, the second-largest river in China, surges from Qinghai province to the borders of Shanxi and Shaanxi, where the waters pass through a narrow valley blocked by mountains on both sides.

The riverbed abruptly narrows from 300 meters to just 50 meters, turning placid waters into rapids. A magnificent waterfall 15 meters high and 20 meters wide pours water as if from a spout, hence the name hukou (the mouth of a teapot). 

Throughout history, many prominent poets and painters have visited the waterfall. In awe of the grand view, they created many artworks praising Hukou.

In 2002, Hukou Waterfall was rated a national 4A tourist attraction.

Address: 45 km west of Jixian county, Linfen city, Shanxi province


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