|As the warm weather has picked up recently, a surge of water has fattened the roaring downpour at Hukou Falls, which sits on the Yellow River at the junction between Yichuan county, Shaanxi province, and Ji county, Shanxi province. At this point, the Yellow River's waters dash down in torrents, wetting the throngs of visitors that come to see the falls in clouds of mist. (Photo/Xinhua)|
Hukou Falls is well-known landmark along the Yellow River. The great momentum generated by its strong currents has often been viewed as a symbol of the Chinese ethos. To the east of the falls is the town of Hukou, in Ji county, which is in the city of Linfen, Shanxi province; to the west of it is Hukou village, Yichuan county, Yan'an city in Shaanxi province. It's around a five-to-six-hour ride into Taiyuan province and about a two-hour ride from Xi'an.
It is here that the Yellow River is flanked by steep cliffs, narrowing its stream to the width of the spout of a kettle, hence its name: Hukou Falls. The falls' drop is nine meters tall and generates a huge amount of hydro-power.
Hukou Falls is the second-largest waterfall in China.