10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in China

Written by Ruru Zhou Updated Apr. 29, 2021

Besides its lakes and mountains, China has a lot of beautiful waterfalls. We recommended these 10 below for their beautiful scenery.

1. Huangguoshu Waterfall Cluster

As the largest waterfall cluster in China, Huangguoshu Waterfall Cluster, 77.8 meters (255 feet) high and 101 meters (331 feet) wide, is composed of 18 cascading waterfalls of various sizes. The main waterfall (Huangguoshu Waterfall) is 67 meters (220 feet) high and 83.3 meters (273 feet) wide on its top, featuring magnificent and thundering, which is the only waterfall that can be viewed from all directions in the world.

Huangguoshu Waterfall Scenic Area consists of the Huangguoshu Waterfall Cluster, Water Curtain Cave, Watching-Waterfall Pavilion, and Rhinoceros Pool. The Watching-Waterfall Pavilion offers the best view of the waterfall, where you can appreciate the magnificent scene of Huangguoshu Waterfall falling into the Rhinoceros Pool.

2. Chishui Waterfall Cluster

Chishui Waterfall Scenic Area features waterfalls, green bamboo forests, creeks, and a Danxia landform, where the highlighted attractions include Chishui Waterfall (or Shizhangdong Waterfall), Zhongdong Waterfall, Panlong Waterfall, Jifeiyan Waterfall, Renyouxi Waterfall, Xiangxi Lake, Shisun Peak, and Cliffside statues.

The Chishui Waterfall rivals Huangguoshu Waterfall at 76 meters (249 feet) high and 80 meters (262 feet) wide, and it falls from cliffs like ten thousand horses galloping, whose sound can be heard from hundreds of meters away. The scenery of Chishui Waterfall changes with every step you make, and you can appreciate the fantastic rainbow on a sunny day.

3. Jiuzhaigou Xiongmaohai Waterfall

With 2,592 meters (8,592 feet) high above sea level, the cascading Jiuzhaigou Xiongmaohai Waterfall (Jiuzhaigou Panda Sea Waterfall) is 78 meters (256 feet) tall with the top 50 meters (164 feet) of water in three curves. Walk along the sightseeing stand (north of Xiongmaohai) and climb down a plank road along a cliff, you can see a flying waterfall cascading down overwhelmingly, just like a sea that had been overturned.

Jiuzhaigou Xiongmaohai Waterfall turns into a world of ice and snow in winter, with huge icicles and various ice stalactites hanging everywhere in the valley and caves.

4. Jiuzhaigou Shuzheng Waterfall

As the first waterfall, you will see in the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area, Jiuzhaigou Shuzheng Waterfall is over 50 meters (164 feet) wide and 20 (65.6 feet) meters long, which rushes through the bushes, contrasting strikingly with the old trees standing silently on the cliff.

A poet describes the beauty of Shuzheng Waterfall as: “half trunks of the old trees dip into the waterfall, which seems as if young girls with long hair play in the water.”

5. Zhaga Waterfall

Zhaga means the torrent flowing over white rocks in Tibetan. The cascading Zhaga Waterfall is 93.7 meters (307 feet) tall and 40 meters (131 feet) wide. On the upper reaches of the waterfall is a lake, and on the lower reaches is a multistep riverbed. Zhaga Waterfall boasts of being the highest calcific waterfall in China, whose sound is just like ten thousand horses galloping ahead, and it has a reputation as “the First Waterfall of China”.

6. Black Dragon Pool Waterfall

The Black Dragon Pool Waterfall cascades down overwhelmingly from the Baizhang Cliff as though a sea had been overturned, resulting in a pool beneath. The pond is jar-shaped several feet deep, and it’s said that it’s linked with the East Sea and a black dragon swims inside it, hence its name.

The Longevity Bridge strides over the Baizhang Cliff, which sets off the green mountains and crystal-clear water. On each side of the Longevity Bridge stands a pavilion, Cloud Water Pavilion (Yunshui Pavilion) in the east, and Wind Thunder Pavilion in the east, with a river running gently under the bridge.

7. Nine-Dragon Waterfall Cluster

The Nine-Dragon (Jiulong) Waterfall Cluster is known for its width, multi-steps, and big drop height due to its unique geological structure and thousands of years of water erosion, and it’s appraised as the most beautiful waterfall in China by experts from the Chinese National Geography Magazine.

Two waterfalls stand out in the Nine-Dragon Waterfall Cluster, one of which is the Nine-Dragon Waterfall 56 meters (184 feet) tall and 112 meters (367 feet) wide, and it’s also called the Immortal Dragon Waterfall (Shenlong Waterfall). The other one is the Lover Waterfall 43 meters (141 feet) tall and 39 meters (128 feet) wide, which is an ideal place for lovers to date.

8. Hukou Waterfall

As a natural waterfall on the middle reaches of the Yellow River, Hukou (Kettle Mouth) Waterfall runs through Shanxi –Shaanxi Grand Canyon 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Ji County of Shanxi Province and 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Yichuan County, which is the second-largest waterfall of China, next to Huangguoshu Waterfall, and it is 30 meters wide (98 feet) and 50 meters (164 feet) tall.

The Yellow River narrows down from 300 meters (984 feet) to 50 meters wide (164 feet) at Longwangshan Mountain (Dragon King Mountain) and cascades down overwhelmingly into a kettle-mouth-shaped groove, hence its name.

9. Detian Waterfall

Detian Waterfall bestrides the border of China and Vietnam, and it’s the fourth largest transnational waterfall in the world, next to Iguazu Falls (between Brazil and Argentina), Victoria Falls (between Zambia and Zimbabwe), and Niagara Falls (between the U.S. and Canada). Detian Waterfall is 200 meters (656 feet) wide with a drop height of 70 meters (230 feet).

Below Detian Waterfall is a deep pond of 30 meters (98 feet) deep and 200 meters (656 feet) wide, in which various kinds of fish are available. Around the waterfall are mountains, with terraced rice fields on them, which are extremely beautiful in autumn.

10. Three Gorges Grand Waterfalls

As a natural geological museum, the Three Gorges Grand Waterfalls vividly show the geological conditions of the Three Gorges in the Sinian Period, Ordovician Period, and Cambrian Period, featuring green hills, clear water, fantastic caves, and spectacular waterfalls in China,

The stream of the Gorges Grand Waterfall Scenic Area stretches over 5 kilometers (3 miles), along which more than 30 waterfalls are scattered, including Tiger Mouth Waterfall, Pearl Waterfall, Five Fan Waterfall, and Y-shaped Waterfall. These waterfalls are extremely picturesque on a sunny day.

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