Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge is the Yangtze River's best-known grand canyon. Also, it is the world famous grand canyon. The gorge is located 60 km north of Lijiang City, about 105 kilometers away from the southeast of Shangri-la. It is part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas World Heritage Site. Yangtze River is embraced confrontation By Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain in this section, which elevation difference over 3900 meters above sea level, and the canyons’ deep is the highest in the world. At the narrowest point, it is only about 30 meters, according to legend that when tigers down the mountain, it just need lift up little heels on the rocks in the river can vacate crossed the Canyon, so called Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, Lijiang, China

Tiger Leaping Gorge is divided into the First Tiger Leaping, the Middle Tiger Leaping and the Lower Tiger Leaping three parts. In this area, rocks everywhere and there are 21 dangerous shoals, 7 scarps as high as 10-meter, and 10 waterfalls. In the Lower Tiger leaping there is a tremendous deep valley, where is the best place to enjoy the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Tiger Leaping Gorge, it is world famous as the "”. First of all here is water dangerous, followed by mountain dangerous, which constitutes a rare landscape wonders of the world. And it has attracted many domestic and foreign tourists every year. 

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Hiking the Gorge

The hiking path ("the high road") of the Tiger Leaping Gorge is well-maintained and marked, although sometimes narrow, and at times impassable due to heavy rains, and is used by the Nakhi (Naxi) as part of everyday life. This trail is longer than the lower road, approximately 22 km, but is more varied. It features a variety of micro-ecosystems, waterfalls, and a fair number of guesthouses for trekkers. These guesthouses are not well heated, which combined with the unpredictable nature of high mountain weather makes this trek unadvisable during the rainy season, although in recent years the raining periods got shorter and it got possible to hike there again.

Lijiang Tiger Leaping Gorge

The lower road, stretching about 195 km (121 mi) from Qiaotou through the Gorge, is a stretch of pavement (until recently a simple mule track) crossed by several waterfalls, and frequently beset by rockslides. Some portions of the road have been known to disappear into the river below. The road follows the Yangtze, so there are more views of the river, and a stronger sense of being in a gorge than on the upper trail. Where the high road descends to meet the lower road, one can climb down to the river near the Tiger Leaping Stone, the point at which the tiger is said to have leaped. In July 2010, the Chinese government closed the gorge to visitors because a new lower road was being built. Consequently, there were no government officials to charge the 50 yuan fee to enter the trail. Locals requested a 10 yuan fee to enter the trail. Many trekkers still hiked the high road in spite of its closure. Some buses continued to travel the low road, although landslides frequently caused travel delays.

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