Detian Waterfall

The Detian Waterfall Scenic Area lies in Daxin, Chongzuo, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, around 145 kilometers (90 miles) from the downtown area of Nanning and neighboring Vietnam. In this scenic area, there are more than 40 tourist attractions. Among those, the most notable one is the Ban Gioc-Detian Falls.

This waterfall crosses the boundary between China and Vietnam and joins with the Ban Gioc Waterfall in Vietnam. With the good name of the World's Second Largest Transnational Waterfall, it goes through three terraces as it flows down from on high. Maybe, you have seen the famous Niagara Falls and the grandness makes a very deep impression on you. Similarly, the vigorous Detian Waterfall gives you a thrilling and majestic sensation.

A Deep Pool Below the Waterfall

Below the Detian Waterfall is a deep pool to a width of more than 200 meters (0.12 miles) and a depth of over 30 meters (0.02 miles). There are a large number of big fish in the pool and the fish meat is very delicious. So, the villagers who live there often come to the pool to catch fish. They usually sing folk songs as they cast the nets. Wild songs echo in the mountains and there is a joyous, carefree and lively atmosphere on these occasions.

Besides Detian Waterfall, there are many other attractive scenes awaiting your visit, including the Heishui River, Qiaomiao Lake, Guichun Boundary River, Shatun Waterfall, No.53 Mere Stone and numerous cultural relics and rare animals. Abundant rainfall and moderate temperature gives life to the evergreen plants covering the picturesque landscape.

Heishui River

The Heishui River, called Black Water River in English, is ornamented by verdant plants and peculiar hills. The water, of course, is not black in color. It got the name because of the black reflections of trees and hills. When you are boating on the Heishui River, you can see the turning water wheels, the houses of minority Zhuang, the terraced farmland and the working peasants.

Qiaomiao Lake

The Qiaomiao Lake covers an area of about 5,000 mu (824 acres) and is surrounded by green hills. The surface of the lake is very calm like a mirror. The reflections of the hills, trees and clouds are etched on the lake surface, which looks like a picturesque painting. Boat on Qiaomiao Lake, listen to the folk songs and appreciate the clear and bright moon, and you could enjoy a god-given peace out of the earthliness.

Guichun River

The Guichun River originates from Jingxi, Baise, Guangxi. It flows into Vietnam and then goes back to China. The two countries are bounded by this river. On one bank stand the buildings in the Zhuang ethnic minority's style and on the other bank is the outlook of another country. Think about this difference and you find it quite interesting.

Shatun Waterfall

The Shatun Waterfall is another famous waterfall in the scenic area. The fall flows down from seven terraces. Compared with Detian Waterfall, Shatun Waterfall is not so grand and powerful. It looks like a gentle woman associating herself with the enthralling nature.

How to get to Detian Waterfall

1. Take a bus from Nanning Langdong Bus Station to Detian Pubu (Detian Waterfall). The bus departs at 8:30 and 11:30 in the morning and the bus fare is CNY75.
2. Take a bus from Nanning General Bus Station to the waterfall at 8:30, and the returning bus departs at 15:00.

Ticket Fare Operating Hours
Entrance Fee CNY80;
CNY40 for children between 1.2 and 1.4m (3.9 - 4.6 feet);
Free for children under 1.2m.
7:30 - 17:00 (ticket hours)
Sightseeing Bus CNY45 7:45 - 17:10
8:15 - 18:30 (returning trip)
Bamboo Raft CNY30 8:00 - 17:00
Battery Car CNY10 8:00 - 17:00

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- Last updated on Oct. 09, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Detian Waterfall
Asked by William wong from MALAYSIA | Sep. 23, 2023 07:30Reply
Any public transport from to Detian Waterfall?
Any public bus from Longbang to Detian Waterfall?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily | Sep. 25, 2023 00:38

I haven't heard any public transport here, and maybe you need to hire a car.
Asked by Mike Lynn from CHINA | Oct. 06, 2022 23:37Reply
Is it still open to foreigners already in China with the ongoing covid-zero policy in China?
In respect of the Detian Waterfall, Is it still open to foreigners with the ongoing covid-zero policy in China?
Answers (1)
Answered by Stella | Oct. 09, 2022 20:56

The covid-zero policy is still ongoing. But after you complete all the quarantine measures upon entering, you will be received the same as Chinese tourists.
Asked by Antonia from CHINA | Apr. 28, 2021 21:53Reply
Hello! I wonder if the Detian Waterfall is open for foreigners.
We are planning to go there during May holiday
Answers (2)
Answered by Hailey | May. 09, 2021 20:40

Yes, it is open for foreigners.
Answered by Antonia | May. 09, 2021 21:48

Yes, we went there last week.
Thank you!
Asked by Nate from UNITED STATES | Jan. 16, 2020 08:52Reply
Places to stay near the Detian waterfall and hiking trails
Hi, can you recommend a nice place to stay near the waterfall and hiking trails? Do you have to stay in Nanning, or are there nice places closer to the falls? Thanks.
Answers (2)
Answered by Marin from POLAND | Jan. 16, 2020 22:03

Don't worry. There are several nice hotels nearby the waterfall. You can choose one when you arriving there.
Detian Lingang Hotel and Tianbianzhai Hotel are recommended. Here under are the deatiled location information:
Detian Lingang Hotel: No.39, Detiantun, Detian Village, Shuolong Town, Daxin County.
Tianbianzhai Hotel: No.33, Detiantun, Detian Village, Shuolong Town, Daxin County.

Hope helpful!
Answered by Nate from UNITED STATES | Jan. 17, 2020 04:41

Asked by mirtuhin from BANGLADESH | Aug. 13, 2019 11:33Reply
i want to know In nanning Is It possible higher a bike As Like yangshuo?
also can i go detian waterfall?
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Answered by Weston from CANADA | Aug. 14, 2019 19:19

Do you want to hire a bike? Actually, there are a lot of shared bikes on the street. Where do you live? You can take direct bus at Langdong Coach Station to the waterfall. It costs CNY74 and takes 3.5 hours on the way.
Answered by mir from BANGLADESH | Aug. 17, 2019 03:11

thanks for your info
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