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China's famous Yuntai Waterfall goes viral after embarrassing discovery: Video

H2oh-no-they-don't!

Chinese park officials admitted to making a “minor upgrade” to the country's tallest waterfall after a hiker's video shared online revealed that the stunning 300-meter-high waterfall is actually fed by a large pipe secretly built into the rock face.

“The video is about how I endured all the hardships to get to the source of Yuntai Waterfall, only to see a pipe,” the poster with the pseudonym “Farisvov” wrote sarcastically under the video, which has been viewed tens of millions of times on Chinese social networks Weibo and Douyin.


Yuntai Waterfall, considered China's highest continuous waterfall, is actually fed by a pipe built into a rock face at the source, a hiker recently discovered. Alamy Stock Photo

“I didn't expect to meet everyone like this,” officials from Yuntai Mountain Geopark – posing as a waterfall – posted on social media after they were exposed.

“As this is a seasonal landscape, I cannot guarantee that I will be at my best every time you come to visit me,” the post continues, admitting that the changes were made to deceive the millions of tourists and visitors to the UNESCO Global Geopark each year.


The source of Yuntai Waterfall is actually a pipe from which water bubbles.
After the hiker's video went viral, park officials sheepishly admitted that they made the “small change” to the falls to ensure tourists could see them in all their glory. via Douyin

The discovery sparked a debate on Chinese social media. One Weibo user who advocated the improvements wrote, according to the BBC: “People would be disappointed if they didn't see anything there in the end.”

Others accused the park of “disrespecting the natural order and tourists” – and even questioned whether it should retain its status as the country's largest waterfall, touted in China as the country's highest uninterrupted waterfall.

China has redesigned other popular tourist waterfalls in a similar way at least once before, including the Huangguoshu Waterfall, which has been artificially pumped up with water from a nearby dam since 2006.