Bring up an interest in traveling around the outskirts of Nanning with your Chinese friends, and the first thing they’ll likely tell you is that you must go to Detian Waterfall (德天瀑布). And it’s no wonder that the site comes so highly regarded – in October 2005, Detian was awarded the title of “second most beautiful waterfall in China” in a competition held by Chinese National Geographic Magazine. With such a reputation preceding it, it’s no wonder that people come from both near and far for an opportunity to take in the natural beauty of Detian Waterfall.
Situated on the China-Vietnam border, Detian Waterfall is the largest transnational waterfall in Asia, and the second largest transnational waterfall in the world. The multi-layered stone waterfall is surrounded by an almost fairytale-like lush, green vegetation, much to the delight of visiting photography buffs. The way that the various levels of the waterfall feed into each other creates a sight so magnificent, that it must be seen to be believed. The various colors that arise from the falls resemble a vivid kaleidoscope, creating a swirl of ever changing color right before your eyes. And before the sun rises, the water splashing and plunging into the valley below lifts a dream-like fog around the whole site. Simply put, photographs cannot do justice to the beauty of this place!
As the sun rises, the fog begins to dissipate and produces a lovely-looking rainbow in the early morning hours. In the afternoon, when the sun is high in the sky, the water pours down the various cliffs, causing a reverberating, crashing sound that can be heard from several miles away. At dusk, the sun sets right against the backdrop of the falls, giving the descending twilight the look of a silver shimmering curtain. It is said that the luminosity and dancing colour of the Detian Waterfall sunset is literally intoxicating to on-looking tourists.
To experience the grandeur of this waterfall from an even closer distance, you can take a ride on a bamboo raft for just 20 RMB per person. Seeing the waterfall up close by bamboo raft is a must, and it’s quite entertaining to be greeted by the many Vietnamese locals who gather along the riverside hawking their handmade wares. While it sounds a bit disruptive, the jovial presence of these peddlers actually adds to the scenery of Detian Waterfall. The best time to visit Detian Waterfall is between July and November. The rainy season will have just started, the water will be clear, and the surrounding greenery will be extremely lush and beautiful.
Add: Detian Village, Xinshuolong Town, Daxin County, Chongzuo City
Tel: 077 1377 3759
Opening Hours: 07:00-19:00
Price: 80 RMB per person
Getting there: From Nanning Beida Bus Station (南宁北大客运站), take the bus to Daxin County (大新县), which cost 55 RMB per person. From Daxin Bus Stop take one of the many different buses to Detian Waterfall (德天瀑布) for 16 RMB. The most convenient way to get to there is to take the 08:30 bus from Langdong Bus Station (琅东客运站) in Nanning, which heads directly to Detian Waterfall. Depending on travel conditions and which bus you take, the trip should take anywhere between 3-5 hours from Nanning to Detian Waterfall.
Getting back: If you plan on leaving Detian Waterfall before 15:00, you can take a bus that returns directly to Landong Bus Station. If you plan on leaving after 15:00, you must first take the bus back to Daxin County, and then from there transfer buses to Nanning.
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