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, 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.
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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