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“Yellow River Falls”
Review of Hukou Waterfall

Hukou Waterfall
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Ji County
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Hukou Waterfall is the second largest waterfall in China and the largest on the legendary Yellow River. As a result it is often claimed that this is "the only yellow waterfall in the world." It is right on the border between Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces. The 300-meter wide Yellow River suddenly narrows and is forced violently through a 20-meter-wide gorge before falling turbently as a waterfall. As with the other applications I've submitted, I'd be happy to provide a major write up should you wish to give this a listing. On another note, I would suggest you consider reorganizing the categories of your listings for Shanxi. Listing them completely by counties doesn't really make sense. I'd be happy to make an alternative suggestion if you'd like. (Heather Pickerell, alias ShanxiFan)
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“Yellow River Falls”
Reviewed 20 July 2013

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.

Visited June 2013
3 Thank Margaretfay
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Taipei, Taiwan
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“A Raging Waterfall”
Reviewed 12 June 2013

We got up very early in the morning, excited to finally see the Hukou Waterfall, the second largest in China after Huangguoshu in Guizhou Province. The thundering sound could be heard from a distance and the mist could be seen from afar, acting as a screen for rainbows; I was glad my simplistic camera was able to capture several rainbow shots. The falls were amazing; I ran out of words to describe it.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Jeffrey L
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