Doupotang Waterfall (陡坡塘瀑布 [Dǒupōtáng Pùbù])

Anshun County, Guizhou Province, China

Rating: 3     Difficulty: 1.5
Doupotang Waterfall

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INTRODUCTION

The Doupotang Waterfall (陡坡塘瀑布 [Dǒupōtáng Pùbù]; Steep Slope Pond Waterfall?) was the most notable of the waterfalls in the area not named the Huangguoshu Waterfall. Julie and I actually noticed this waterfall on one of the tourist maps while at the more famous Huangguoshu (Yellow Fruit Tree) Falls, and when we brought this up to our guide and driver, it turned out that they were willing to accommodate our request since it was on the way back to Guiyang plus it was still part of the same park we were in.

There were also other waterfalls in the Huangguoshu Scenic Area, but a visit to them wasn't going to happen for us since they deviated more from our planned itinerary (by both distance and time commitment) plus they costed more than what was already paid for. Nonetheless, this fact alone highlighted how much of a waterfall bonanza this area could have been if we had both known about and planned to extend our stay in this part of the Guizhou Province.

In any case, this particular falls wasn't tall, but it was very wide. Aside from some of the manmade objects (i.e. buoys and the odd litter) left in front of the falls and power lines both above and behind the falls, it was actually a very quiet and relaxing place to enjoy. This contrasted mightily with the Huangguoshu experience.

We took a short walk from the entrance gate to the falls, which featured peacocks near the entrance as well as ducks in the river just downstream from the falls. Overall, we probably spent around a half-hour to 45 minutes to do both the round-trip walk and to take all the photographs we wanted.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Closer look at part of the Duopotang Waterfall revealing the rounded texture of its dropCloser look at part of the Doupotang Waterfall revealing the rounded texture of its drop
Nearby the Duopotang Waterfall is the famous Huangguoshu WaterfallNearby the Doupotang Waterfall is the famous Huangguoshu Waterfall
After visiting Doupotang Waterfall, we visited Tianlong, which was one of the ancient towns near the city of Guiyang (the capital of the Guizhou Province)After visiting Doupotang Waterfall, we visited Tianlong, which was one of the ancient towns near the city of Guiyang (the capital of the Guizhou Province)
Qingyan was another one of the ancient towns near the city of Guiyang (also seen after our Doupotang visit), but this one was very charming and picturesqueQingyan was another one of the ancient towns near the city of Guiyang (also seen after our Doupotang visit), but this one was very charming and picturesque
Peacock on the walkway to the Doupotang WaterfallPeacock on the walkway to the falls

Our guide Li leading us to the Doupotang WaterfallOur guide Li leading us to the falls

Getting closer to the Doupotang WaterfallGetting closer to the falls

Ducks merrily swimming before the Doupotang WaterfallDucks merrily swimming before the falls

Context of the viewing platform and the Doupotang WaterfallContext of the viewing platform and the falls

Looking downstream from the Doupotang WaterfallLooking downstream from the Doupotang Waterfall

Walking back to the waiting car along the upper walking pathWalking back to the waiting car along the upper walking path


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Sweep from river level following ducks towards the wide falls


View of the river and falls from the upper walking path


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

It was only about 10-15 minutes of driving from the Huangguoshu Waterfall (2 hours drive from Guiyang) to the entrance to the Doupotang Waterfall. I recalled we also noticed another waterfall when we drove over a road bridge in the distance, but we never had a chance to get a better look of it.

For geographical context, we arrived in Guiyang after an hour long flight from Nanning. Nanning was a two-hour flight from Hong Kong, 1,859km (20 hours drive or 2.5 hours flight) southwest of Shanghai, and 2,174km (22.5 hours drive or 3 hours flight) south of Beijing.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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