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

Anshun, Guizhou, China

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

Hiking Distance: 1km round trip
Suggested Time: 30-45 minutes

Date first visited: 2009-04-27
Date last visited: 2009-04-27

Waterfall Latitude: 25.99849
Waterfall Longitude: 105.6772

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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.

Doupotang_020_04262009 - The Doupotang Waterfall
The Doupotang Waterfall

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.

Doupotang_013_04262009 - Context of the walkway leading closer to the Doupotang Waterfall
Context of the walkway leading closer to the Doupotang Waterfall

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.

Doupotang_049_04262009 - Focused look at the texture of the Doupotang Waterfall
Focused look at the texture of the Doupotang Waterfall

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 near Anshun of the Guizhou Province, China. To my knowledge, I have not found a reliable official government authority administering this area (that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist). Therefore, I can’t recommend a particular website belonging to said authority for the latest conditions or other inquiries.

Doupotang_004_04262009 - Peacock on the walkway to the Doupotang Waterfall
Doupotang_017_04262009 - Contextual look at ducks and some lookouts and bedrock 'islands' fronting the Doupotang Waterfall
Doupotang_031_04262009 - Another look at ducks merrily swimming before the Doupotang Waterfall
Doupotang_037_04262009 - Slightly angled look towards the Doupotang Waterfall as we got closer to the end of the walkway
Doupotang_043_04262009 - Context of the viewing platform and the Doupotang Waterfall
Doupotang_056_04262009 - Another contextual look at ducks fronting the textured Doupotang Waterfall
Doupotang_057_04262009 - Looking downstream from the Doupotang Waterfall
Doupotang_060_04262009 - Walking back to the waiting car along the upper walking path from the Doupotang Waterfall

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 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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Sweep from river level following ducks towards the wide falls

View of the river and falls from the upper walking path

Tagged with: anshun, guiyang, guizhou, china, huangguoshu, waterfall

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