It is not easy to reach these, the largest yellow falls in the world. Note they are not huge falls, but merely the largest 'yellow' falls, because the water in the Yellow River, the 'mother' river of China contains much soil eroded from the Loess Plateau. My guide, Linda Guolz, and I travelled from Xi'an to Yan'an on the Loess Plateau. We spent the afternoon visiting Ansai as the bus to the Hukuo Waterfall had left earlier that morning. The bus terminal is opposite the Yan'an railway station. The bus trip out to the Hukuo Falls takes almost 3 hours, but allows the traveller to view valley farming, mostly corn crops, before the road climbs up into the terraced hills, where apples are the main crop. These western Shaanxi hills had become severely eroded in past centuries, but in recent years grazing livestock have been removed and farmers were compensated for land which was then planted with trees. Other farmers were encouraged to terrace their land and establish apple orchards. This is proving to be a success story. The flow of sediment from the Plateau into the Yellow River has been reduced by more than 100 million tons each year. The Plateau drops away sharply to reveal the gorge of the Yellow River. The storm season is August at which time a greater flow of water would be expected. Due to ice making conditions slippery, the falls are closed to the public between October and April.
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