Water power

Visitors to the Hukou Waterfall yesterday were suitably impressed by nature's raw power.

Located at the border of China's Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces, the waterfall is the largest on the Yellow River and the second-largest in the country. It is also the only yellow waterfall in the world.The tinge comes from the soil being carried by the river.

The waterfall's power stems from the increase in the water's speed as the path of the Yellow River suddenly narrows from about 250m to 30m at the mountains before it plunges down.

To many, the falls resemble water being poured out of a teapot - hence the name Hukuo, which means "mouth of a teapot". It is a spectacular scene, with the water churning up mist and foam, which locals call "smoke from the river", according to a Chinese travel website.

The best times to visit the Hukou Waterfall are from April to May, and September to November.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2018, with the headline 'Water power'. Print Edition | Subscribe