Hukou Waterfall (壶口瀑布 - Hǔkǒu Pùbù)Hukou is the second largest waterfall in the Celestial Empire after Huangguoshu in the province of Guizhou, where I was in 2011. Hukou Waterfall is located on the river Huanghe (黄河 - Huǎnghé) at the border of the provinces Shanxi and Shaanxi.
Not long ago, to get to the waterfall was a long and uncomfortable trip. At best, the trip took 4 to 6 hours each way, and even more. Now the way from the hotel to the tourist center of the waterfall on the new toll road took 1 hour 50 minutes (and that's with a 10 minutes stop!)
For a trip to the waterfall, I bought a tour in the company, located right in front of the old train station. The tour cost is 210 yuan (1,240 roubles or 34 USD). The price includes transportation from the hotel to the waterfall and back in the minivan, as well as an entrance ticket. The tour was Chinese. Neither the guide nor 7 Chinese tourist-fellow travelers spoke Russian or English.
Here I was surprised by one short bald man. In the photograph he is in a light jacket on a bench on the right. This Chinese is able to speak one sentence in Russian: "China and Russia are great friends". He pronounced it with absolutely no accent, perfectly pronouncing the Russian snarling letter R. Alas, I could not figure out how he knows this phrase and how he learned that I was Russian.