About Doupotang Waterfall (陡坡塘瀑布 [Dǒupōtáng Pùbù])
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.
So 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.
Such deviations required additional driving and time commitment as well as additional cost on top of what we had 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, the Doupotang Waterfall 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 as well as power lines both above and behind the falls, it was actually a very quiet and relaxing place to enjoy.
This contrasted mightily with the crowds at the Huangguoshu Waterfall.
We took a short walk from the entrance gate to the Doupotang Waterfall, 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.
The Doupotang Waterfall resides in the Anshun County of the Guizhou Province. To my knowledge, I have not found a reliable official government authority administering this area. Therefore, I can’t recommend a particular website belonging to said authority for the latest conditions or other inquiries.
I recalled we also noticed another waterfall in the distance when we drove over a road bridge just before reaching the Doupotang Waterfall entrance.
However, we never did get 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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