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Seasons at China’s Hukou Waterfall

By Weiwei Guan

July 4

If you have seen Hukou Waterfall during warm weather, visit it again during the winter. If you have never been there, that’s what this article is for.

If you have seen Hukou Waterfall during warm weather, visit it again during the winter. If you have never been there, that’s what this article is for.

Hukou Waterfall (壶口瀑布) is the second largest waterfall in China, after the Huangguoshu Waterfall (黄果树瀑布) in Guizhou Province. When the Yellow River flows through Yichuan County, Shaanxi Province, the river narrows from more than 400 meters to only 40 due to the influence of the river channel. The water falls like water filling a teapot when it meets the stone channel. That’s how it got its name: “Hukou”, literally means “mouth of a teapot”.

[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Niu Shupei]
Hukou Waterfall located at the intersection of Shanxi Province and Shaanxi Province is the second largest waterfall in China. [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Niu Shupei]
Spring is the best time to visit when the peaches blossom in the mountains and the annual spring flood (also known as the “peach blossom flood”) starts.

[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Dong Nianlong]
Hukou Waterfall [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Dong Nianlong]
Hukou Waterfall produces an incredible impression in summer when the volume of water increases, causing a large whirlpool to form. Rainbows can sometimes be seen after rainstorms.

[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Jiang Xiaoming]
Hukou Waterfall [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Jiang Xiaoming]
The waterfall has a large and stable water volume in autumn. Hukou Waterfall transforms again when the mountains are decorated with maple leaves.

[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Yan Xiaobin]
Hukou Waterfall [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Yan Xiaobin]
The waterfalls turns its splashing water into various shapes when winter comes, sometimes taking the appearance of huge silvery belts, and sometimes that of a water curtain. It you have seen Hukou Waterfall in warm weather, visit it again during the winter.

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