While China is well known for its breathtaking landscapes and stunning street photography, it’s a little-known fact that China is also home to some of the most picturesque waterfalls.
Huangguoshu Waterfall is a must-see destination for any nature photographer. Translated to “yellow fruit tree,” Huangguoshu is set upon the Baishui River in Anshun and holds a Guinness world record for the largest waterfall group.
Read on to learn more about where to get the best shots while visiting Chinas’ most picturesque attraction, Huangguoshu Waterfall.
Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park
Located in the Guizhou province, Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park is a group of three smaller parks, each of which offers visitors something different. The parks consist of Waterfalls Cluster, Water-Curtain Cave, and Rhinoceros Pool, also known as Xi Niu Tan.
While photographers can easily tour all three sites in a day, you may wish spread the visit over a few days, ensuring you capture the immense wonders of nature in varying angles and lights. Another point for touring over a few days is to visit the many destination sites in the surrounding area that are well worth a visit.
This national park is the perfect destination for those with a special interest in photographing nature as it’s a collection of falls and scenic areas.
Set at approximately 250 feet high, Huangguoshu Falls is the largest in all of China and ranked among the worlds’ most famous waterfalls such as Niagara Falls and Vitoria Falls.
Photographers have many options when it comes to angles for shooting this spectacular view as the park offers a variety of water viewing pavilions. Guan Pu Ting is especially ideal when looking to snap panoramic shots of Huangguoshu Waterfall and the pool below.
The varied vantage points and scenes offer photographers amazing opportunities for shooting the perfect nature shots. Photographers can easily spend days exploring the different vantage points, all of which offer amazingly unique shots.
When to Visit
The waterfall is most voluminous during the rainy season which is typically May to late September. The average temperature during the rainy season is around 60 degrees.
During these rainy months, the falls become so thunderous; it’s said they can be heard up to several miles away.
Be sure to try shooting at different times to experiment with the lighting.
While Huangguoshu may be the largest and most well known, the Park encompasses a collection of 18 distinct falls called the Waterfalls Cluster.
Measuring 345 feet wide, Doupotang is the widest falls in the Waterfall cluster. Located less than a mile up-river, this waterfall offers great wide framed shots.
Other notable falls included in the cluster are Waterfall of Dripping Water Pool, a three-tiered waterfall, Silver-Chain Waterfall, and Heaven-Reaching Waterfall all of which have their own delightful features.
Whether you are looking for massive waterfalls or a more mellow tone, the Waterfalls Cluster offers picture perfect opportunities for all types of shots.
Also known as Shuilian Dong, these naturally formed caves are located on a cliff behind the Huangguoshu waterfall. Huangguoshu is the only waterfall in China with cave views from behind, so be sure not to pass up shots here.
The caves have six “windows,” some of which give direct views from the behind the impressive waterfall. Inside the cave, you are also treated to springs and smaller, hidden waterfalls.
On particularly sunny days, rainbows are known to appear arching over the pond below, setting photographers up for the perfect shot.
Named for it’s likeness to the shape of a Rhinoceros, Xiniu Pool (or Rhinoceros Pool) is set upon the base of the massive waterfall and measures 38 feet deep.
The jade-green pool features unique views of the surging waters from the falls above, making it ideal for grand shots. Photographers shouldn’t miss a chance to shoot at the water viewing pavilion, Wang Shui Ting, located beside the pool.
Other Notable Sites
While the numerous waterfalls offer scenic sights and marvelous pictures, be sure to explore the many other offerings of the National Park area.
Over 30 underground caverns in the vicinity boast spectacular karst landscapes of stalagmites and stalactites formations now illuminated by electricity.
Accessible by rowboat, Dragon Palace Cave (also known as Longgone Cave) also features China’s longest in-cave waterfall called Dragon Gate Flying Fall. The mist from the falls is perfect for creating an “other-worldly” shot.
For truly zen photographs, one must visit the Stone Forest. Reached by passing over the Tianxing Bridge, which translates to Heavenly Star, visitors will be given access to peaceful scenes of Bonsais upon water, intertwined Banyan trees and winding paths made of stone
Getting to Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park and Surrounding Areas
The majority of visitors use city bus transport to reach the National Park. Bus service is available from Guiyang to Anshun. The bus ride is approximately two hours each way.
Once you arrive at the welcome center, you may choose a self-guided tour or a shuttled tour for a fee. The shuttle tour will take you from Doupotang to Tianxing Qiao Scenic Spot and stop last at the Huangguoshu Waterfall.
What to Wear and Bring
Guests should dress comfortably, preferably in sneakers as you will be walking a lot during your visit. Shuttles are available for some attractions while others you must access yourself.
Photographers should take precautions for themselves and their equipment as they will get wet while shooting these marvelous scenes.
It’s recommended to bring extra chargers for any equipment especially if you plan on spending full days shooting the views.
Set Up Your Best Shot
While the cities of China are among the most popular destinations for photographers, there is a vast beauty to be found in the rural Guiyang province. Photographers looking to capture China’s nature in its full glory would be best served to check out Huangguoshu Falls.
Among the many National Parks China has to offer, Huangguoshu has some of the most varied and breathtaking subject matter for photographers of all skill levels.
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