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.
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.
There’s both an upper path and a lower one that runs right along by the river.
And in places the way out is distinctly – nerve shattering
Although these guys didn’t seem to have too much of a problem…
Next stop Lijiang.