Huangguoshu Waterfall, the Largest Waterfall in Asia

By Rosie Wu, Oct 8, 2011

Huangguoshu Waterfall is located 45 kilometers southwest of Anshun City in China's Guizhou Province. Also known as Yellow Fruit Tree Waterfall, the waterfall got its name after the famous yellow fruit tree growing around this area. Huangguoshu Waterfall is 77.8 meters in height and 101 meters in width. It has been considered China's most famous and Asia’s largest waterfall. There are totally 18 waterfalls in the area around Huangguoshu Waterfall; therefore, the area has become a national park known as the Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park.


There are three main areas in the park: Waterfall cluster, Water Curtain Cave, and Rhinoceros Pool.


Waterfall Cluster: Huangguoshu is famous for a huge cluster of 18 waterfalls. Huangguoshu waterfall cluster was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest waterfall cluster in 1999. The biggest one in the cluster is Huangguoshu Waterfall, hence its name. A reservoir behind the waterfall holds back some of the water. Doupotang Waterfall, one kilometer up the river to Huangguoshu Waterfall is the widest in the cluster. Other characteristic waterfalls include the longest Luositan Waterfall, the most beautiful Silver-Chain Waterfall and the highest Dishuitan Waterfall.



Water Curtain Cave: The Water Curtain Cave dissects Huangguoshu and provides visitors view ports on the waterfall. The total length of the cave is 134 meters, including windows and halls. A road on the mountainside leads into the Water Curtain Cave, where the waterfall can be heard, watched and touched. On sunny days, there will be a rainbow arches over the waterfalls.


Rhinoceros Pool: Eleven meters deep, the pool is Rhinoceros shaped and stays submerged all the year round. Standing inside Water-Viewing Pavilion beside the Rhinoceros Pool to enjoy the flowing-down of the Huangguoshu Waterfall, you may feel bunches of pearls and silver chains are falling upon you. What a grand and peculiarly attractive scene!


Huangguoshu Waterfall is a great example of how stunning nature can be and no visitors to Guizhou would miss this natural wonder. With typical karst topography, the area around the Huangguoshu Waterfall boasts a cluster of fascinating water-eroded caves. Besides its karst features, it also used to be a military base for the local ethnic groups, with some military relics still remaining.