Tiger Leaping Gorge Travel Guide

Tiger Leaping Gorge is a scenic canyon on the Jinsha (Golden Sand) River, a major tributary of the Yangtze River. Depending on how you define it, the gorge is a contender for the deepest gorge in the world. Around 15 kilometers (9 miles) in length, the gorge is located where the river passes between the 5,596-meter (18,360-foot) Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the 5,396-meter (17,703-foot) Haba Snow Mountain in a series of rapids under steep cliffs. Legend has it that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (just 25 meters wide), hence the name.

The gorge can be visited by road to see the rapids, or you can embark on a two-day overnight hike on the higher trail of the gorge. It is about a two-hour drive from Lijiang to the gorge.

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