Introduction to Huangguoshu National Park of China

Located in west Guizhou, Huangguoshu National Park of China is 128 km from Guiyang and 45 km from Anshun, a tourist destination in West China. The park istraversed with Yunnan-Guizhou railway, Zhuzhou-Liupanshui II Track Railway, National Road #320, and Guiyang-Huangguoshu High Grade Road, etc and encompasses the Huangguoshu Airport and the newly-built Qingzhen-Huangguoshu Freeway. The park centers at Huangguoshu Waterfall (height: 77.8m, width: 101.0m) and is scatted with 18 waterfalls of varied sizes, some precipitous and majestic, others picturesque and fantastic. All the waterfalls form a great “family”, which is ranked as the largest in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records. The giant Huangguoshu Waterfall is the most magnificent member in the family and the only waterfall that can be viewed from above, below, front, back, left and right in the world. It is also with a water curtain cave in the back through which tourists can hear, view, and touch the waterfall. The great Ming traveler Xu Xiake, when investigating the waterfall, remarked, “the sprays burst apart like pearls and jades and the foams rise like a mist. The waterfall is with such a momentum that even the couplet ‘a screen of pearl released from hooks/or silk that hangs on faraway peaks’ cannot describe to the full its majesty. I have seen waterfalls that are much higher and more precipitous, but never a waterfall with such a width and magnificent.”

Centering at Huangguoshu Waterfall Resort, the Huangguoshu National Park of China encompasses such resorts as Stone Village, Tianxing Bridge, Dripping Shoal, Balinghe River Valley with the site of the ancient post path, Doupotang, and langgong, etc. It is among the first batch of national key scenic spots and of AAAA resorts ranked by the government. The resort has been successively designated as the national popular science education base, “National ”, and “Most Charming Tourist Resort in West China”. In 2005, it was ranked as the “most beautiful place in China” by Chinese National Geography, “10 Tourist Resorts of Customer Satisfaction in China” by People’s Daily, and “10 European Tourists’ Favorite Resorts in China”, etc.

Huangguoshu Tourist Resort features beautiful natural environment, refreshing air (with over 28,000 negative oxygen ions per cubic centimeter according to the statistics of the provincial environmental protection department), a pleasant climate (with the annual average temperature at 16oC), long historical and cultural tradition, and complete supporting facilities. It is an ideal resort for amusement, rehabilitation, sightseeing, and “lung-washing”.

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