Green Deep Pool Waterfall

Changbai Shan / Tianchi, Jilin Province, China

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1.5
Green Deep Pool Waterfall

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INTRODUCTION

The Green Deep Pool Waterfall is an informal name I'm using for this waterfall (probably about 20m I'm guessing) since it spills right into the so-called Green Deep Pool. And the name Green Deep Pool was how the signage translated the Chinese directly into English. It's actually a surprise bonus waterfall for us as our guide took us here given the extra time we had at Changbai Mountain. I don't think many foreigners come to see this falls, and there certainly weren't many people crowding this attraction so it was relatively peaceful and quiet.

Our guide said this falls flows year round, which I wasn't sure about given how relatively light the flow of the falls was when Julie and I saw it. But it was conceivable given that the stream mixes with some geothermally heated water higher up the mountain to keep the stream from freezing over completely. We also noticed some fish in the Green Deep Pool, which we suspected must've made it further downstream from Heaven Lake. Our guide said the fish were non-native to the area because a former North Korean premiere was said to have released some fish into the previously fishless lake, but somehow managed to thrive in the harsh climate here.

It only took us about 30 minutes to do the round trip walk while checking out the falls. The combination of boardwalk and trail started just beyond the so-called Landscape Restaurant, which was a basketball gymnasium that was used as a large dining hall for lunch.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

One stop before the Green Deep Pool stop was Little Heaven Lake, where we noticed these statues and an altar facing the tiny lakeOne stop before the Green Deep Pool stop was Little Heaven Lake, where we noticed these statues and an altar facing the tiny lake
Downslope of the Green Deep Pool as the so-called Underground Forest, where apparently these trees grew out of a depression caused by a faultDownslope of the Green Deep Pool as the so-called Underground Forest, where apparently these trees grew out of a depression caused by a fault
This was what Little Heaven Lake looked likeThis was what Little Heaven Lake looked like

Direct look at the double-barreled Green Deep Pool WaterfallDirect look at the double-barreled falls

A colorful fish in the Green Deep PoolA colorful fish in the Green Deep Pool

Profile view of the Green Deep Pool WaterfallProfile view of the waterfall

Looking directly up at the Green Deep Pool WaterfallLooking directly up at the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Looking up at the falls across the Green Deep Pool


A more top down look at the falls and then the pool itself through some dry foliage


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The shuttle stop for this excursion was around 2 or 3 stops before the Changbai Waterfall. I believe it was one stop before the Little Heaven Lake, which contained a shrine and a calm reflective lake as well as a mini gorge.

To give you some more geographical context, Dunhua was 193km (3 hours drive) southwest of Mudanjiang, 1,274km (13 hours drive) from Beijing, and 295km (4 hours drive) west of Jilin.




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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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