Dictionary of Geotourism

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Hukou Waterfall Landscape of the Yellow River

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1112
Located east of Yichuan County in Shaanxi Province and west of Ji County in Shanxi Province, the Hukou Waterfall is a natural waterfall where the middle course of the Yellow River flows through the Shaanxi-Shanxi Canyon. The fall width is 50 m, the depth is approximately 50 m, and the largest fall surface has an area of 30,000 m 2. This waterfall is located at the spot where the river, which is more than 300 m wide, is suddenly bound by the river banks and drops 50 m in a gap with a wide top and a narrow bottom. The flow roars and looks like water pouring from a pot, which is why it was given the name ‘Hukou (Tea Pot Mouth) Waterfall’. The ancient book Yu Gong states: ‘the river flows out in a vortex like water being poured from a pot’, and this description vividly captures the scenery (Fig. 29).
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