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Tiger Leaping Gorge

Lying between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xueshan) and Haba Snow Mountain (Haba Xueshan), the Tiger Leaping Gorge is about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest ofThe Tiger Leaping Gorge Lijiang Old Town. It is believed that this gorge is the deepest gorge in the world. Looking down from the top of the gorge you can view the steeply angled (70-90 degrees) mountain sides to the rushing Golden Sands (Jingsha) River with its 18 frothing rapids more than 200 meters (about 700 feet) below.

Tiger Leaping Gorge is usually divided into three sections. The first section, the narrowest and uppermost, is the mouth of the fast flowing Jinsha River. In the midst of the river's mouth is a large rock positioned at the gorge's narrowest section-only 30 meters (33 yards) wide. According to an ancient legend a tiger used this rock as its stepping stone so it could leap across from one side of the gorge to the other, hence its name. Whether the story is true or not, the fact is that the river runs fast and dangerous on some points and the mountain slopes are steep.

As the river enters the middle section, Tiger Leaping Gorge drops another 100 meters (330 feet) and its flow rate increases to an amazing speed. Here the thunderous rushing waters slam into sharp, large rocks and crash down into the river forming swirling whirlpools. This is the third and the lowest section of the gorge. The cliff, from where over-looking this section, is steeper and more dangerous with river twisting and turning and surging forward creating high waves. This part may attract those who have a sense of adventure.


Tiger Leaping Gorge Tour

Stretching about 15 kilometers (nine miles), Tiger Leaping Gorge affords people the possibility of rafting and drifting peacefully in its large quiet sections. During the trip, tourists will full of enjoyment.