Hukou Waterfall Tourist Area of the Yellow River, Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces
(黄河壶口瀑布旅游区 huáng hé hú kǒu pù bù lǚ yóu qū)
Address: Yichuan section of the Qinjin Valley, Linfen city of Shanxi province and Yan’an city of Shaanxi province
Scenic Spot Level: AAAAA
Opening Hours: 7 am - 6:30 pm
Ticket Price: 100 yuan ($14.77)/person
The Hukou Waterfall is a golden waterfall with mobile and subsurface streams. It is formed by the Yellow River running through the Yichuan section of the Qinjin Valley between Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces. The turbulent water stream pours down to the valley and makes for spectacular cascades.
The Hukou Waterfall, with enchanting all-season scenery, is known for its eight great views, namely the “Smoke from the Deep Waters”, “Boats Sailing on the Dryland”, “Rainbow above the Water”, “Exploded Mountain Rocks and Poured Water”, “Rain against the Sunny Sky”, “Thunder in the Dry Season”, “Upside-Down Ice Peaks” and “Tunnel of Running Dragon”. Its marvelous landscapes are widely praised and considered a great symbol of the courageous and upright Chinese ethnic spirit.
With the grand waterfall as its major scenery, the tourist area features many other attractions including the Longwangchan Cultural Site (an archeological site of the Old Stone Age), Mengmen Mountain, Dayu Temple, Ancient Ferry Town and live-action performances of The Yellow River Cantata. It was listed as a national geopark in 2002 and a 5A scenic area in 2022.