Travels in China – Dali to Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge is a scenic canyon on the Jinsha River, a primary tributary of the upper Yangtze River. It’s located 60 kilometres north of Lijiang in southwestern China.

Around 15 kilometres long, the gorge is located where the river passes between the 5,596 metre Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the 5,396 metre Haba Snow Mountain, in a series of rapids under steep 2,000 metre cliffs. Legend says that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 metres wide), and hence the name.

Tiger Leaping Gorge - building the road

Tiger Leaping Gorge – building the road

Sadly you can travel half way round the world to one of its greatest natural beauty sites and find they’re building a road through it. Or they were in 2002 on my first visit.

Tiger Leaping Gorge from the upper path

Tiger Leaping Gorge from the upper path

There’s both an upper path and a lower one that runs right along by the river.

Tiger Leaping Gorge - where the tiger leapt

Tiger Leaping Gorge – where the tiger leapt

And in places the way out is distinctly – nerve shattering

Tiger Leaping Gorge - the way out

Tiger Leaping Gorge – the way out

Although these guys didn’t seem to have too much of a problem…

Tiger Leaping Gorge the better way out?

Tiger Leaping Gorge the better way out?

Next stop Lijiang.

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