Yellow River Hukou Waterfall Travel Tips

On August 22, 2011, in Other Regions, Shanxi, Tours, Travel Info, Waterfalls & Pools, by Jack Li

The river banks surrounding the Waterfall are all huge flat rocks covered with loess. It has no rail on the bank, thus, be careful not to come to close to the edge. Bringing food and water on your own is recommended given to the long walks to the waterfall. Best time to visit Yellow River […]

The river banks surrounding the Waterfall are all huge flat rocks covered with loess. It has no rail on the bank, thus, be careful not to come to close to the edge. Bringing food and water on your own is recommended given to the long walks to the waterfall.

Best time to visit Yellow River Hukou Waterfall

The prime time to visit Yellow River Hukou Waterfall falls into two periods of time when the water flow is immense and steady with the width spread to 1000m.

April to May: During the spring flood when the ice begins to melt and the pink peach blossoms covering the hills.

September to November: “The Waterfall in autumn glow” when the rainy season has just passed. Springs and streams trickle into the waterfall. Rainbows are constantly observed over the waterfall.

Yellow River Hukou Waterfall best routes

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Yellow River Hukou Waterfall tickets

Opening hours: 8:00-18:00

Peak season: 91 Yuan

Off season: 37 Yuan

Free: children under 1.3m (entrance ticket and shuttle bus fee), veterans, 70+ seniors, and retired cadres (only entrance ticket).

How to get to Yellow River Hukou Waterfall

From Yichuan County: 8 Yuan. The Waterfall is located 48km away from Yichuan County. It has more buses to the Waterfall than the surrounding places. The road condition is not very good for it mostly mountain side roads.

Form Yan An: 26 Yuan. Depart at 7:30 and arrive at noon

From Xi An: Xi An—Hukou Bus. 6:30 depart from Xi An; 15:00 depart from Hukou

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Boat-towing

On August 22, 2011, in Shanxi, Travel Info, Waterfalls & Pools, by Jack Li

It is tremendously difficult for water transport because the waterfall is high, the groove at the bottom is narrow and deep, the waters run rapidly. In the past if boats sail from Hukou to downstream have to stop at the Dragon King Temple. The goods have to be unloaded and transported to downstream docks by […]

It is tremendously difficult for water transport because the waterfall is high, the groove at the bottom is narrow and deep, the waters run rapidly. In the past if boats sail from Hukou to downstream have to stop at the Dragon King Temple. The goods have to be unloaded and transported to downstream docks by labor hands or animals. The emptied boats have to be dragged out of water and set on wood rods for an easier tow. The boat will be reput into the water at the downstream where the waters are smoother, uploaded with its goods and continue its sail. There usually need hundreds of people to tow and push the boat for it is extremely heavy. Though there are wood rods under the boat when town, the river bank is still scratched and scraped by the iron nails on the boat bottom. However, at that time towing the boats on land between the upstream and downstream docks is the best option given to the conditions available. Unfortunately, with the rapid development of the highway and railway transportation as well as the build of Yellow River Bridge, this ancient and primitive way of transportation has been abandoned. There only left the scratches on the riverbank for visitors to imagining this unique and local-color feature.

Hukou Waterfall

The Hanging Fall

On August 22, 2011, in Other Regions, Shanxi, Waterfalls & Pools, by Jack Li

Hukou Waterfall in the middle reaches of the Yellow River flowing rapidly into the QinJin grand canyon is created by nature. Close to Ji Couty, Linfen, Shanxi Province at the east end and near Yichuan County, Yan An, Shaanxi Province at the west end, the waterfall is 40 km away from Yichuan County and about […]

Hukou Waterfall in the middle reaches of the Yellow River flowing rapidly into the QinJin grand canyon is created by nature. Close to Ji Couty, Linfen, Shanxi Province at the east end and near Yichuan County, Yan An, Shaanxi Province at the west end, the waterfall is 40 km away from Yichuan County and about 25 km away from southwestern Ji County. The width of the waterfall measures up to 50 m, the depth also measures 50m, and the largest area covers up to 30,000 m2, making it the second largest waterfall in China following the Huangguoshu Falls in Guizhou Province. The over 300 m wide rolling waters are suddenly narrowed down by the high mountains and cliffs by both sides. Underneath the river a huge trench, 30 m wide and 50m deep, was formed gradually due to the power of the rushing currents. The water drops from great heights, as a result, people can hear the roaring and thundering sound far away from the scenic spot. Ke Shouliang, entitled as the Asian Flier, drove his car across the Hukou Waterfall successfully; and Zhu Chaohui, a brave man who won the name of Young Hero of Huanghe also flied across it by driving a motorcycle. The waterfall is very beautiful, especial in spring and autumn, when the sun shines over the water mist, giving rise to colorful rainbows. Believe it or not, you will glue your eyes to this wonderful Hukou Waterfall!

Hukou Waterfall

Magnificent View of Icefall

On August 22, 2011, in Other Regions, Rivers & Gorges, Shanxi, Waterfalls & Pools, by Jack Li

The Magnificent View of Icefall is located in the middle reach of the Huanghe River, measuring 448.1 m in height. With Hukou Waterfall in the centre, this scenic spot covers a total area of 100 km2, reaching Mafen Beach to the north, Xiaochuanwo to the south, valley regions to the west and Renzu Moutain to […]

The Magnificent View of Icefall is located in the middle reach of the Huanghe River, measuring 448.1 m in height. With Hukou Waterfall in the centre, this scenic spot covers a total area of 100 km2, reaching Mafen Beach to the north, Xiaochuanwo to the south, valley regions to the west and Renzu Moutain to the

east. Usually the Hukou Waterful are in a tumultuous state with its strong rushing currents, however, when the icy weather makes the water frozen, it will show us a completely different kind of beauty- a magnificent view of icefall. By both sides of the waterfall there are solid pieces of ice in all sorts of shapes, thus the rapid flow brings the numerous small ice cubes all the way down to the lower reaches, splashing the water-mist into the air which present a beautiful rainbow in sunshine. Under the icefall a crystal ice-bridge takes its shape naturally. Going across the broad bench-land, you can come very close to the thundering waterfall to personally experience the power of it. After the main flood season, visitors who are courageous enough can manage to go inside the waterfall by walking through a narrow passage along the cliff, so as to have a whole different but gorgeous vision. You definitely will be totally enthralled here and have a high opinion of the magic nature.

Hukou Waterfall

Hukou Waterfall

On August 22, 2011, in Other Regions, Shanxi, Waterfalls & Pools, by Jack Li

The well-know Hukou (mouth of a jar) Waterfall situated at the Yellow River lies in the meeting belt of Shaanxi and Shanxi provinces. As an international scenic spot, it is a symbol of the Chinese national spirit in terms of its passionate rushing currents. Close to Ji Couty, Linfen, Shanxi Province at the east end […]

The well-know Hukou (mouth of a jar) Waterfall situated at the Yellow River lies in the meeting belt of Shaanxi and Shanxi provinces. As an international scenic spot, it is a symbol of the Chinese national spirit in terms of its passionate rushing currents. Close to Ji Couty, Linfen, Shanxi Province at the east end and near Yichuan County, Yan An, Shaanxi Province at the west end, the waterfall is about 5 to 6 hours’ ride away from Taiyuan (capital of Shanxi Province) and over 2 hours’ ride form Xi An (capital of Shaanxi Province). The flow of the Yellow River narrows down from here with sheer precipices and overhanging rocks along both sides, making a shape just like a mouth of a jar, so the waterfall gets the name of Hukou Waterfall. The falls drop about 9 m, providing rich hydroelectric resources. The whole scenic spot covers an area of approximately 60 km2. The thundering waterfall is the world’s largest yellow waterfall, which presents visitors both from China and abroad a rare and splendid view. On October 23rd, 2005, the ranking list of China’s most beautiful places was released in Beijing. Held by ChineseNational Geography Magazine and 34 media all over the country, this contest lasted for 8 months and finally drew the conclusion that Hukou Waterfall was among the six most beautiful waterfalls in China. On July 5th, 2010, half of the waterfall was clear and the other half was surprisingly muddy. This very rare scene attracted a great many visitors and a lot of pictures were taken then. As long as visitors have made the decision to go and have a look at the Hukou Waterfall, they will absolutely be deeply impressed.

Hukou Waterfall Attractions:

The Hanging Fall

Magnificent View of Icefall

Boat-towing     

Hukou Waterfall Story:

 A moonlit night in Mengmen

The legend holds that once a magistrate in ancient China became a candidate for a promotion and would take up the official post in the capital city. At that time the land transportation was still underdeveloped and inconvenient, so he made the choice to go there by boat along the Yellow River. It was already dark when they arrived at Mengmen, then the magistrate and his assistant anchored their boat close to the shore. Having climb up the Mengmen Mountain, he began to enjoy the view of this little islet protruding into the Yellow River. Round bright moon hung high up there in the sky and sometimes its reflection in the water was blurred and sometimes it became clear. He appreciated the beautiful scenery before he went to bed. Surprisingly, at that night he dreamed about the moonlight penetrating the mat roofing of his boat. The next day, his assistant told him that the dream was a good omen. Because geographically speaking, Mengmen was located higher than the location of Dragon Gate, the dream about the moonlight in Mengmen may imply the magistrate would be like a carp that had leaped through the Dragon Gate (an old saying in China that means a successful man). Some days later, this magistrate really got the promotion without any difficulties. It is said that the four large Chinese words on the huge stone was written by the said officer and carved by his men. It is because of this story that people give Mengmen Moutain another name—the Dream Mountain.

Famen Temple Travel Tips

On August 19, 2011, in Other Places of Interest, Temples, Tours, Travel Info, Xi'an, by Jack Li

Xi An, as an international tourist destination, welcomes a large number of tourists both from China and abroad every year. The Famen Temple is a famous Buddhism temple and has become a hot spot for sightseeing. After the ground palace of the temple and real Buddhist relics were discovered in 1985, the government decided to […]

Xi An, as an international tourist destination, welcomes a large number of tourists both from China and abroad every year. The Famen Temple is a famous Buddhism temple and has become a hot spot for sightseeing. After the ground palace of the temple and real Buddhist relics were discovered in 1985, the government decided to rebuild the stupa and renovate the whole temple.

Best time to go to Famen Temple:

The suitable time for travelling in Famen Temple lasts for a whole year. Xi An belongs to warm semi-humid monsoon climate. Drink enough water to protect yourself from the dry weather and the large sandstorms. Please bear in mind also to bring skin care product and sunscreen with you.

Famen Temple Best Routes:

Famen Temple—The Museum of Famen Temple—Famen Temple Culture Scenic Spot

Famen Temple Tickets:

The current thorough ticket for visiting Famen Temple is 120 yuan per person, including Famen Temple, Famen Temple Treasure Cabimet, the stupa of Famen Temple and the Buddhist Avenue. Starting from the city of Xi An, you can go to the train station to take Tourism Bus No. 2 (25 yuan for the ticket), and if you buy the ticket for Famen Temple, your bus ticket is free. 

How to go to Famen Temple:

Setting off in the city of Xi An, you can take Tourism Bus No. 2 at the train station, or take the bus to Fufeng County at the West Terminal Bus Station. If you are in the city of Baoji, then you can take the bus to Fufeng County at the long-distance bus line terminal near the train station. After you arrive at Fufeng County, take a small bus or a taxi to go the the Famen Temple.

Other specific routes:

Xi An—Famen Temple Scenic Spot Routes: (all the following routes are by highway, about 2 hours’ ride)

1. Tour of the Tang Dynasty

Bus Start Site: the west gate of the Tang Paradise

Departure Time: 8:00 am.—11:00 am.

Midway Stop Site: the parking lot to east of Wild Goose Pagoda North Square.

Return time: 14:30—16:00

Ticket Price: 25 yuan (if you buy the ticket for Famen Temple, your bus ticket is free.)

2. By bus Route No. 1

Tourism Bus No. 2 (Xi An Train Station—Famen Temple) (3 shifts each day)

Tourism Bus No. 3 (Xi An Train Station—The Qian Tomb–Famen Temple)

Bus Start Site: The east square of the train station

Departure Time: 7:00 am.—10:00 am.

Return time: 13:00—16:00

Ticket Price: 25 yuan

3. By bus Route No. 2

Tourism Bus No. 2 (the west gate of the Tang Paradise—Famen Temple)

Bus Start Site:  the west gate of the Tang Paradise

Departure Time: 8:00 am.—11:00 am.

Return time: 13:00—16:00

Ticket Price: 25 yuan

4. The route of the West Terminal Bus Station (Xi An West Terminal Bus Station—Famen Temple)

Bus Start Site:  the west gate of the Tang Paradise

Departure Time: Shift 1: 8:45 am.—9:00 am. Shift 2: 11:00 am.—11:30 am. Shift 3: 16:00—16:20

Ticket Price: 30.5 yuan

Matters needing attention:

  1. No smoking in the scenic spot and the around mountain area.
  2. Visitors are not allowed to bring joss sticks measuring over 60 cm to places of religious worship. Do not buy unqualified joss sticks.
  3. Respect other people’s religious beliefs.
  4. No photos for the figures of Buddha in the halls.
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Famen Temple

On August 19, 2011, in Other Places of Interest, Temples, Xi'an, by Jack Li

Famen Temple (Buddhism Door, meaning the initial approach to becoming a Buddhist believer) is a well known Buddhist temple located in Famen County 10 km away from Baoji City. The Temple was started built in the Han Dynasty. Legend has it that the Indian King Asoka of India traveled throughout Asia, distributing Buddhist relics as […]

Famen Temple (Buddhism Door, meaning the initial approach to becoming a Buddhist believer) is a well known Buddhist temple located in Famen County 10 km away from Baoji City. The Temple was started built in the Han Dynasty. Legend has it that the Indian King Asoka of India traveled throughout Asia, distributing Buddhist relics as atonement for his sins and war addiction. In China, he built this Temple and left the fingers of Buddha to be enshrined here.

Emperors in the Tang Dynasty revered this sacred relic and regularly walked through the streets with the fingers as a huge worshipping ceremony. The Tang Emperors offered exquisite gifts to the fingers in an attempt to better their predecessors’ offerings. This legend was dismissed until 1981 when heavy rains revealed the crypt, shrine and underground palace by accident. The crypt contains the Buddha’s fingers and gifts from the Emperors. The site is still seen as an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists today.

The museum here is excellent and contains objects from the Tang Dynasty including sacrificial offerings and royal gifts. The first relic or sarira was found in an exquisitely executed container of eight interested cases in the back chamber of the underground shelter. It was taken of Fufeng County Museum and opened there at a ceremony presided over by the abbot of Famen Monastery at 1.15 in the morning on May 5, coinciding with the eighth day of the fourth month of the lunar calendar and the 2, 553rd anniversary of the birth of Sakyamuni. 

The Stories fo Famen Temple

1. Sacred relics of Sakyamuni

On April 3, 1987 the Tang Dynasty Underground Palace was revealed to the world after 1113 years of sleeping in the underground. Among the excavations there are four pieces of Sacred Relics of Sakyamuni which are the only ones throughout the world. Two of the relics are made of white jade and one of the other two is relics of another eminent monk. All of the three are “shadow” relics of the real one and they are here to protect the real relic of Sakyamuni. It has been confirmed it is authentic for is has yellow bone secretion. Thus Famen Temple is known for a Buddhist sacred land for believers.

2. The Tallest Buddhist Pagoda in the world

The pagoda measures 148m in the shape of two hands putting the palms together, under which a sliver of the finger bone of Sakyamuni was discovered. The hollow in between is a Tang-style pagoda. In front of the pagoda there built a 1230m long and 108m wide avenue. The ends of the avenue stand two squares housing for 100,000 people if grand ceremonies are served. In 1981, it was found that the pagoda was gradually sinking into the ground. This led to restoration during which an Underground Palace was unearthed. At present, this is the largest Buddhist underground palace discovered so far. Many royal treasures and jewelry were found here – more than 2,000 pieces surrounded the Tang mandala. The most precious item was the veritable Finger Bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha.

The Ancient Han Palace Travel Tips

On July 21, 2011, in Hangzhou, Historical Relics, Palaces, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The Ancient Han Palace, also known as the museum of Hanzhong, is located in the inner city of Hanzhong. It served as Liu Bang’s outer palace when he carried the title of Prince of Han. In the 20th century, the museum was built at the site of the palace. It is a must-see attraction in […]

The Ancient Han Palace, also known as the museum of Hanzhong, is located in the inner city of Hanzhong. It served as Liu Bang’s outer palace when he carried the title of Prince of Han. In the 20th century, the museum was built at the site of the palace. It is a must-see attraction in Hanzhong and houses an abundance of collections and exhibitions, such as the Thirteen Inscriptions of Stone Gate and the ancient Baoxie Plank Road, providing visitors with convenient sources to discover the history of Hanzhong as well as the Han Dynasty.

Best Time to Visit the Ancient Han Palace

The prime time to visit the Ancient Han Palace is between March and April, when yellow rape flowers cover the fields in full bloom.

Shielded by the Qinling Mountains in the winter and summer times, Hanzhong has a year-round temperature of 14oC, making it welcoming to tourism throughout the year.

Ancient Han Palace Best Routes

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Ancient Han Palace Tickets

10 yuan

How to get to Ancient Han Palace

Bus 1, 21, or 23

Stone Gate Thirteen Inscriptions Showroom

On July 21, 2011, in Hangzhou, Historical Relics, More Cities, by Jack Li

Stone Gate Thirteen Inscriptions Showroom exhibits thirteen inscriptions on precipices from past dynasties. Stone Gate, or Stone Gate tunnel, stands at the east end of Baoxie plank road, marking the mouth of the thin path at the edge of the cliff. Since ancient times, officials, merchants and intellectuals have been amazed by this manmade wonder […]

Stone Gate Thirteen Inscriptions Showroom exhibits thirteen inscriptions on precipices from past dynasties. Stone Gate, or Stone Gate tunnel, stands at the east end of Baoxie plank road, marking the mouth of the thin path at the edge of the cliff. Since ancient times, officials, merchants and intellectuals have been amazed by this manmade wonder and inscribed poems and couplets inside and outside the tunnel to praise the beauty of the site, giving Plank Road a touch of history and heritage. According to statistics, there are 104 types of inscriptions ranging from the Wei Dynasty down to the Qing Dynasty. Among these 104 engravings, the most striking are known as the Thirteen Inscriptions. In the 1970s, these inscriptions were chiseled out and moved to the museum for permanent exhibition. Among the thirteen inscriptions, eight are of Han origin, three are of Song, and the other two are of Wei. The Thirteen Inscriptions, veritable calligraphic treasures, are significant in that they aid historians in learning about the ancient conditions of Plank Road. These calligraphic works exhibit the alteration and progress of traditional Chinese art over the years. When introduced to Japan in 1880, these calligraphic works were received with warm welcome and high appreciation.

The Ancient Han Palace

Riverview Pavilion

On July 21, 2011, in Hangzhou, Historical Relics, More Cities, by Jack Li

Riverview Pavilion is a three-story building built in traditional Han style. The roof proudly displays four sky-high ridges, and the terraces are decorated with carved beams and painted rafters. A golden plaque inscribed by Shu Tong, a famous calligrapher, enhances the antiquity and delicacy of the building. The first and second floors of the pavilion […]

Riverview Pavilion is a three-story building built in traditional Han style. The roof proudly displays four sky-high ridges, and the terraces are decorated with carved beams and painted rafters. A golden plaque inscribed by Shu Tong, a famous calligrapher, enhances the antiquity and delicacy of the building. The first and second floors of the pavilion are exhibition halls. The top floor is a viewing room where visitors not only enjoy a spectacular view of the river and the city landscape, but can also read and write poetry, view paintings, and appreciate calligraphy. In the south of the pavilion is Guiyin Chamber, a name meaning sweet osmanthus tree shade, where some ancient osmanthus trees are located. When the mid-autumn is near, the sweet fragrance of the trees can be smelled up to several miles away. Further south stands Jingwu Pond and Xixin Pavilion. A stone horse near the pavilion is a memorial for Weiyan, a gallant general of Shu in the period of the Three Kingdoms. The Ning Chamber in the Xixin Pavilion houses a jasper sculpture widely regarded as one of the Eight Famous Sights of Hangzhong. The jasper takes the shape of a drum with a height of 103 cm and a diameter of 105 cm.

The Ancient Han Palace

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