Waterfalls in China
China Waterfalls (中国的瀑布 [Zhōngguó de pùbù]) vary as much as the terrain and landscapes this vast country encompasses. Dominating much of central Asia, this country covers landscapes such as the rainforests blanketing karst mountains in the south, skyscraping alpine mountains on the Tibetan Plateau to the southwest, vast expanses of desert dominating the northwest and northern regions, frigid Siberian climates in the northeast, and countless gorges and valleys carved out by the many rivers that flow through the country’s interior.
Splitting China into its north and south is the Yangtze River (长江 [cháng jiāng]; “long river”). If you can imagine the country as shaped like a rooster, then the river essentially cuts right through its belly. Some of China’s most dramatic waterfalls could be found south of this river, such as Detian Waterfall and the country’s most famous one in Huangguoshu Waterfall.
North of the Yangtze River, the environment was less tropical and more temperate (even desert like in spots). With Beijing being the capital and international destination, not many people realize how many waterfalls are worth visiting – including the yellow-colored Hukou Waterfall which forcefully roars on the (not surprisingly) Yellow River as well as the waterfalls in Jiuzhaigou Valley like the Pearl Shoal Waterfall.
In the far northeast of the country (at the head of the rooster, so to speak), the waterfalls we’ve pretty much revolve around Changbai Shan (“everwhite mountain”), including the Changbai Waterfall.
Of course this country offers much in the way of other attractions like the Great Wall, Terracota Warriors, karstic formations at Guilin, pandas, many Buddhist temples and monuments, and more. Plus, it’s got one of the world’s oldest cultures and perhaps the oldest surviving language in the world.
Being ethnically Chinese, a visit here taught us much about our who we are and where we came from. Waterfalls provided the perfect excuse to see much of the country, and we hope we can continue to come back to see more of the Nature that sustains this ever evolving nation.
Finally, one thing we’ve done with the pages within this region (that we haven’t done previously) is the incorporation of simplified Chinese characters [jiǎntǐzì or 简体字] (I know, I know, I’ll catch flak from Chinese people outside the mainland who prefer traditional characters [fántǐzì or 繁体字]). We’ve also added a little bit of a pronunciation aid using pinyin [pīnyīn or 拼音] which is a way of romanizing Chinese with some additional accent markings to help with the tones. Hopefully, that might help you deal with some of the language and pronunciation issues (as well as providing an excuse to help me with my Chinese).