Yuntai Falls, China’s highest waterfall, is boosted by an inflow pipe at the top, officials admit

Yuntai Falls, China’s highest waterfall, is boosted by an inflow pipe at the top, officials admit
  • PublishedJune 7, 2024

Scenic park operators in China’s Henan province have had to acknowledge the country’s highest waterfall gets a helping hand from an inflow pipe due to a lack of rainfall.

A video from a Douyin user — the Chinese version of TikTok — showed a tourist revealing a large inflow pipe burrowed at the top of Yuntai Falls, the country’s steepest waterfall and a popular attraction inside the Yuntai Mountain scenic area.

The video, which has been shared 48,000 times, unleashed a torrent of social media comments, forcing park officials on Tuesday local time to release a letter that blamed seasonal factors and admitting to a “small enhancement during the dry season.”

The move was meant to “enrich the visiting experience” and make the “trip worthwhile” for those “who have travelled a long way,” operators wrote on their Weibo social media account, a popular Chinese social media platform.

“The main thing is that the water pipe is so crudely installed, others at least disguise it in a superior way,” a user wrote on Weibo.

“The move does not respect the laws of nature nor the visitors,” wrote another Weibo user.

The waterfall is described by the scenic park officials as the highest in Asia, with a 314-metre vertical drop.

In 2023, the Yuntai Mountain scenic area attracted more than seven million visitors, according to local tourism authorities.

Some took a more conciliatory view on the use of the inflow pipe, with one user saying “that it is better than seeing no water at all,” and another musing, “it is a good faith effort for the scenic area to maintain the landscape during dry periods.”

SOURCE: ABCNEWS

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