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Huangguoshu Waterfall Scenic Area

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Huangguoshu Waterfall Scenic Area is located in the Zhenning Buyi Miao Autonomous County of Anshun, 45 kilometers from Anshun town, and 128 kilometers from Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province. The Area is Guizhou’s number one tourist attraction.

Huangguoshu is one of the largest waterfalls in Asia: 81 meters wide, plunging 68 meters down into Xiniu Pool (Rhinoceros Pool), an 11-meter (36-feet) deep rhinoceros-shaped pool, and sending foam up to a height of 100 meters. The roar of the water can be heard some kilometers away. Rainbows appear on sunny days, adding a touch of extra beauty to the majesty of the cascade. Huangguoshu along with 18 other waterfalls in the area forms a spectacular waterfall group, appraised by Guinness World Records as the largest such group in the world. Besides, there are four subterranean rivers in the area, 100 caves and a massive karst complex covering some 450 square kilometers.

The spectacle of Huangguoshu changes according to season, as the volume of water varies. The rainy season is from May to October and the dry season is from November to April. Water volume typically peaks in July and August, with a flow of more than 700 cubic meters of water per second; and troughs in December and January, when the waterfall appears to disintegrate into four pieces of white cloth hanging over the cliff.

Huangguoshu is one of the few large and famous waterfalls in the world that can be viewed from above, below, front, back, left and right. A Water-Curtain Cave ("Shuiliandong" in Chinese) is located halfway up the cliff behind the waterfall. It is a naturally-formed cave 134 m (440 ft) long which allows visitors not only to view, but also to hear and touch the waterfall. From 9am to 5 pm on a sunny day, visitors can admire rainbow arches from the cave through the waterfall.