Waterfalls of China (中国的瀑布)
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China Waterfalls (瀑布 [pùbù] or sometimes 飞瀑 [fēipù]) 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.
For the purposes of this website, we're dividing up the country into three sections so finding the waterfalls on this site can be better managed. The three subregions are Southern China
, Northern China
, and the Northeastern China
. Given how big China is, these divisions may seem arbitrary, so let's get into what each subregion really means.
Southern China is pretty much all the provinces south of 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. Thus, provinces included in this region are Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Fujian, and Zhejiang. Some of China's most dramatic waterfalls could be found here, such as Detian Waterfall
and the country's most famous one in Huangguoshu Waterfall
What I'm calling Northern China is pretty much north of the Yangtze River. The provinces that are included in this subregion include Sichuan, Hubei, Henan, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Ningxia, Gansu, Qinghai, Xinjiang, Shandong, Hebei, and Shandong. Beijing kind of marks the northernmost point of this subregion that we're defining. Amongst the notable waterfalls we've seen here include 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
Finally, the remaining region of China is Northeast China, which is pretty much the northeastern extreme at the head of the rooster. It's pretty much all the provinces north and east of Beijing so it includes Inner Mongolia, Lioning, Jilin, and Heilongjiang. The waterfalls we've seen up here 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).
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