Attractions of Yunnan-Tibet Highway – Tiger Leaping Gorge
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Attractions of Yunnan-Tibet Highway – Tiger Leaping Gorge

Update: Feb. 27th, 2013

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge is the deepest canyon of China, located in the northeast part of Longpan Village of Naxi Nation Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province. It is approximately 16 kilometers long. The main peak of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is about 5596 meters high and the Zhongdian Snow Mountain is about 5396 meters high. The river is just 30-60 meters wide. The upper gorge narrows is about 1800 meters high and the lower gorge narrows is approximately 1630 meters high. The height difference of the high mountains on both sides and the river surface is about 2500-3000 meters high. There are full of steep cliffs and huge rocks in different shapes. The river flows torrentially with big noise. It is also praised as one of the deepest canyon throughout the world.

Attractions of Yunnan-Tibet Highway – Tiger Leaping Gorge Introduction

Tiger Leaping Gorge is situated in the southeast part of Zhongdian of Yunnan Province. It is one of the important worthy attractions on the way to Tibet along Yunnan-Tibet Highway. It is just about 105 kilometers far from the county center of Zhongdian, and about 35 kilometers far from the first Yangtze River Bay. It is divided to the upper Tiger Leaping Gorge, the middle Tiger Leaping Gorge and the lower Tiger Leaping Gorge. There are 18 dangerous shoals. The narrowest width of the river surface is just 30 meters when it flows through Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain. The height difference is about 3900 meters.

Attractions of Yunnan-Tibet Highway – Tiger Leaping Gorge Highlights

The Tiger Leaping Gorge is about 60 kilometers far from the county of Naxi Nation Autonomous Prefecture of Lijiang City. It is actually available in the upper reach of Jinsha River. It is about 16 kilometers long and divided to the upper Tiger Leaping Gorge, the middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, and the lower Tiger Leaping Gorge. The east part of the Tiger Leaping Gorge is Jade Snow Mountain and the west part is Haba Snow Mountain. Acted as one of the deepest canyon of the world, the height difference is about 3790 meters. The narrowest of the river in Tiger Leaping Gorge is about 30 meters so that the river is said to the tiger rushed at the foot of the mountain. When it flows to the Tiger Leaping Gorge the river can fly over the gorge easily. The scene looks very magnificent and breathtaking.

The upper part is the narrowest section of the Tiger Leaping Gorge. It is approximately 9 kilometers far from the Tiger Leaping Gorge Town. There is a huge rock at the center of the river. It is said that once a tiger jumped over to the Jade Snow Mountain from this huge rock. So this rock is named the Tiger Leaping Rock.

The middle Tiger Leaping Gorge is about 5 kilometers far from the upper Tiger Leaping Gorge. The height difference is huge. There are full of dangerous reefs.

The lower Tiger Leaping Gorge is the best place to have the full view of Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Attractions of Yunnan-Tibet Highway – Tiger Leaping Gorge Transportation

You may take the bus to Tiger Leaping Gorge Town from Lijiang City (Attractions of Yunnan-Tibet Highway – Lijiang) of Shangri-la. And then it is easy to enter the Tiger Leaping Gorge Scenic Spot from the town.

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