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This is Asia’s Largest Waterfall

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Huangguoshu Waterfall is the largest waterfall in Asia.

Huangguoshu Waterfall

Huangguoshu (Yellow Fruit Tree Waterfall) is a tourist attraction in Guizhou , a poor Chinese province. It can be found in the southwestern Chinese Province of Guizhou . You’ll need to first get to Anshun which is approximately 90 km or an 80-minute drive away from Guiyang, the provincial capital. You have two options: either take day tours to Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park or stay in one of the dozen hotels near . This is especially useful during low seasons when you can get a 2-bed room for as little as Y=80. You can also take day tours from Guiyang if you are willing to spend more time in the bus than the park.

The entrance fee to Huangguoshu Waterfall was Y=180. There is an additional Y=50 fee for the intrapark bus. This fee is mandatory due to the park’s size. It is worth spending at least 3-4 hours to explore the park. The best part for me was not the Huangguoshu Waterfall, but the discoveries made elsewhere in the park.

The Douputang Waterfall was my first stop. It is the largest waterfall in the park. It can take up to an hour just to visit this spot in high season due the crowds and congestion.

Douputang Waterfall

You’ll be directed from there to return to the intrapark bus to reach the grand waterfall. However, if you walk the 500 meters along the footpath, you will enjoy views that few visitors see.

A small pavilion here, an honorary statue there. The sound of water thundering down the slope as you approach the Huangguoshu Waterfall.

Huangguoshu Waterfall aerial

Just as I was about to make my way down to the waterfall, I noticed what most surprised me in the park: A Catholic church. Despite the fact that historic Catholic Church are still in existence throughout China, I was still amazed.

I went to the other side of the street to check if there was an explanation. Not finding one, I ventured into the courtyard to try and find someone to explain. According to the man I met, the church is there because the people who built it were here long before it became a tourist attraction. When I asked him if the church was still in use, he said yes.

Catholic church Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park

Since I had pulled him away from my TV show, I didn’t want to be rude and I went on the pathway to Huangguoshu Waterfall. Side note: Before you enter the park there will be people trying to sell you ponchos telling you that they are necessary for the grand waterfall. They’re not. They are not.

Although I have never been to Niagara Falls I have seen many waterfalls in my travels. I was disappointed to see Huangguoshu Waterfall. It was large. Yes. It seemed to lack the power and force that other waterfalls are known for. Maybe a visit during the rainy season would have proven it truer to its title of Asia’s largest waterfall. According to my knowledge, there is a dam that controls the flow of water. This could indicate that my disappointment was human-caused, an attack on nature’s true power.

Huangguoshu Waterfall pool

Tianxingqiao or Heavenly Star Bridge is the third major attraction in the park. This scenic area is often overlooked by tourists due to time constraints, but I found it to be the most beautiful part of Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park.

You could find large caves, ancient trees and tranquil ponds. There were also stone formations and waterfalls. These were my favourite spots in the park. This area was also a great spot for solitude.

Tianxing CaveTianxing bridge scenic areaTianxing bridge waterfallTianxing bridge Huangguoshu waterfallTianxing Cave Huangguoshu

Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park, a wonderful place to chase waterfalls, is an excellent choice. You should avoid summer holidays like the National Day Golden Week in October and the Chinese New Year Golden Week in January or February.

 

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