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The Hukou Waterfall of Yellow River comes across the “peach blossom flood”

Affected by warm-up temperature and melting of ice upstream, the Hukou Waterfall of the Yellow River comes across the annual “Peach Blossom Flood”. The water volume of the Hukou Waterfall increases rapidly, reaching a flow rate of 2,200 cubic meters per second, forming magnificent landscape of waterfalls that attracts many tourists.

“Peach Blossom Flood” happens from late March to early April each year when the ice in the Inner Mongolia section of the Yellow River melts to form spring floods and flow downstream, the peach blossom is just in blooming on the hills of both banks, hence the name “Peach Blossom Flood”. The scene comes to its prime around the Qingming Festival (in early April).

Neighboring Hukou Town, Yichuan County, Yan’an City, Shaanxi Province in the west, the Hukou Waterfall is 350 kilometers south of Xi’an in Shaanxi Province.

The Hukou Waterfall is the second largest waterfall in China and the largest yellow waterfall in the world. The Yellow River rushes to this place, with steep stone cliffs standing by and narrow river outlet as narrow as pot mouth, hence the name Hukou, literally pot mouth. The upper reaches of the Yellow River ahead the Waterfall is 300 meters wide. Within a distance of less than 500 meters, it is “squeezed” to a width of only 20-30 meters. The water, with a flow rate of 1,000 m3/s, pours from a steep cliff with a height of more than 20 meters, forming the wonder of “thousands of li of Yellow River rushing into a pot-like inlet”.