Tiger Leaping Gorge deep gorges in Yunnan

Tiger Leaping Gorge Lijiang Yunnan
The Tiger Leaping Gorge is a wonder of Yunnan. Being one of the deepest in the world, they offer an exceptional moment to thrill seekers. Known as a paradise for hikers, these canyons still contain small remote villages. The enchanting landscape, steep cliffs, thunderous river, and sense of adventure….all of these are ripe for exploration.

Legend of the Tiger Leaping Gorge

The gorges extend over twenty miles between the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Mountain whose peaks rise to 3,900 meters above the water of the gorge. They are one of the deepest in the world and definitely the deepest gorges of China. The closest of these gorges leaves a space of barely 30 meters in area. It is this passage a tiger, which is followed by a hunter who would have crossed the Jinsha River by jumping. It would also be assisted by a rock still visible today in the middle of the water.

Visit by Walking

It is now possible to get to the point where the tiger crossed the river from Lijiang or Shangri-La. The Tiger Leaping Gorge consists of low, medium and high gorges, with the low being the most impressive. Two trails lead to the feet of gorges and the most tumultuous experience thereof. To the east side of Jinsha River, the trail follows the river quietly to reach the junction where the water from the Jade Dragon Mountain flows into the river. Here, it is possible to look over Jinsha as it passes over a bridge in the middle of the water. On the other side, a long series of steps lead to the interior of the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Once in front of the tiger rock, you will have a panoramic view of the gorges.

The Roar of the Tiger

On the top, it is difficult to assess the current strength of the gorge. Once down at the most powerful point of the river, the sound is phenomenal. Just like the roar of the tiger fleeing the hunter. You can then truly feel the magnificence of this site.

Adventurous Hiking

You can go hiking in the gorges on a minimum of two days. Two routes are recommended, one in the gorges and the other overlooking them. The second route is offers more comfort and stunning views. The path may be tough so one must pay attention to the weather before starting the hike, considering that the path is dangerous. The hike can be done by 30 kilometers in both directions, leaving time for another new adventure in the surrounding beautiful remote locations.

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    2 416M Altitude Tiger Leaping Gorge
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