Hukou Waterfall, the Second Largest Waterfall in China

By Rosie Wu, Aug 23, 2011

Located in Yichuan County of Shaanxi Province, Hukou Waterfall is the second largest waterfall in China. This famous natural site lies in the middle reaches of the Yellow River, which is recognized as the mother river of China.


One of the highlights of Hukou Waterfall is that its width changes in different seasons, usually 30 meters wide but increasing to 50 meters during flood season. It has a fall of over 20 meters. The water speeds up with increasing waterpower. Then it rushes down from the narrow mouth, forming a grand waterfall of 15 meters high and 20 meters wide, as if water is pouring down from a huge kettle. It is therefore called Hukou, which means "mouth of a kettle."


The thundering sound of the waterfall can be heard from quite a distance. The tremendous mass of water strikes the rocks, creating piles of foam and huge water poles. It is an amazing view with mist all around. No matter its rumbling sound, its grand vigor or its marvelous scenery can make you exclaim that the nature is really incredible.



There are many wonders at Hukou Waterfalls, such as smoke from the river, boats on land, rainbows in the sunshine, etc.


Smoke from the River

In Hukou the water falls to the deep pond from a relatively high place, stirring the mist which rises high into the air like surging heavy smoke coming out of the river.


Boats on Land

The water in Hukou is rapid and torrential, so all the boats from the upper reaches must be pulled out of the river onto to the bank when they arrive. These boats will have to detour around this section, carried by a group of boatmen or shipped by truck before they can be put in the river again.


Rainbows in the Sunshine

You can see various shapes of rainbows formed by the rising mist, refracted by the sunshine from different angles. Sometimes rainbows are arched, cutting into the river from the sky like a dragon playing with water; sometimes they are colored ribbons lying across the river; sometimes they become colorful masses which change second by second.


Due to its majestic view and stunning beauty, the Hukou Waterfalls has always been a great attraction for tourists all over the world. You may get a better understanding of natural wonder if you come here in person. The Hukou Waterfalls will give you a warm welcome with its thrilling sound, rolling waves, and vigorous energy.