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Video suggests China’s famous waterfall may be fake

A famous waterfall in China has drawn even more attention than usual – after a video revealed that its majestic falls may be artificially fueled by a water pipe.

Yuntai Waterfall is located in Yuntai Mountain Park, a major tourist attraction in the north-central Henan province of China. The park has an AAAAA rating – the highest assigned to a tourist attraction by the country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

But the origin of the water, described by the park’s website as “like the Milky Way flying by,” is under scrutiny. A video posted on Chinese social media this week appears to show a pipe supplying water to the 314-metre-high falls – suggesting that its source may not be as natural as visitors have been led to believe.

Yuntai Mountain Park management responded to the video, explaining how changes in the dry season required an extra boost for the falls.

“(The waterfall) cannot guarantee service to the public in its most beautiful appearance due to seasonal changes,” they stated, adding that the waterfall underwent “a small improvement during the dry season.”

The park management also thanked them for their attention, promising that the waterfall would welcome visitors this summer in its “most perfect and natural form”.

While the video shocked many people in China, others on social media applauded the park’s response.

“Anyway, the source of a waterfall is not what people came to see, I don’t think that counts as a lie to the public,” said a Weibo user.

Yuntai isn’t the first waterfall in China to need a little extra help. The country’s monsoon climate makes it a challenge to maintain water flow during dry seasons, which see less rainfall.

The Huangguoshu Waterfall, located in southwest China’s Guizhou province, also suffered in the dry season. In 2004, a dam was built to ensure the flow would continue.

At the time, the province applauded the dam, saying it would “put an end to the story of the drying up of Huangguoshu Waterfall.”

Source: CNN Brasil

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