Guiyang, Day 5, June 11 – Adam Pflugrath

Today, Dan, Adam S., Andrew and I went to the Huangguoshu waterfall, Doupotang waterfall and an old Han village. We were almost late to our bus because the elevators refused to head up to the twelfth floor, so we were forced to take the stairs. The stairs at our hotel in Guiyang was like a labyrinth and shrunk with every flight almost as if out of Alice in Wonderland. We did emerge however, unscathed and reached the bus in time! Upon first arriving at the first waterfall ticketing area to change buses, we were suddenly attacked by a force of extremely persistent old local village women. Thankfully we survived without any dents to our wallets, however some from our group were not so lucky and bought an unnecessary amount of ponchos, cheap umbrellas and ugly string cell phone holders.

 

After escaping the scene we made our way to the Huanggoushou waterfall entrance gardens, which were splendid, elaborate and had the neatest rocks weathered through the years; we even past the infamous “Dragon Rock,” but we did not linger long for pictures, it was time for the largest waterfall in China. Spanning a distance of 78m high and 100m wide, our guide compared it to Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls and Angel Falls it just was not quite as big. Despite the lofty comparisons, the waterfall was magnificent. The surrounding area was a mixture of vibrant green forest and old houses. The most exciting aspect of the waterfall is the interior cave covered by a water curtain. After passing through the cave we had to make our way back up to the top of the mountain to return to our bus. To our surprise we were the last people up the mountain for the rest of our group took the express lift and we chose to walk, which was the better choice in my opinion.

Following Huanggoushu waterfall we went to Duopotang waterfall where there were many peacocks. At that point the sun had come out and we could see some blue in the sky, for the first time! After spending some time gazing at the smaller waterfall we left and went to an old Han village dating back 400 years. I was expecting something much older than that and was surprised to hear our guide, named Howard say the buildings were only 400 years old; I’m sure the actual history of the town was much older than 400 years.