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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge

As a China only Tour Operator, many clients ask me about the Tiger Leaping Gorge either to hike along it or to see it. Located about 2.5 hours from LiJiang in Yunnan Province of China, it is part of the Upper Yangtze River. There is a hiking path along the river which can be hiked in two days with a overnight at a hostel or can be hiked for just a few hours too. It can be seen on the way between LiJiang and Dali or LiJiang and Shangrila by car. It can also be a day trip out of LiJiang for the day. Many adventurers have tried to raft it for many years losing their lives until the 1980's when five men tried it and three of them succeeded while the other two were drowned. The Gorge gets its strange name from an ancient myth that said a tiger was being chased by local people and leaped across the gorge at the point you see in the middle photo above landing on the rock escaping capture. There is a walk way now and a viewing platform that puts you right next to the roaring water rushing down the gorge. Visiting the Gorge can be worked into most tours that include Kunming, Dali or LiJiang visits. For more information contact us through our web site at Doing Private Custom China Tours for individuals or groups for 25 years and over 2,500 people from around the world.  Click on the photos for a full screen view!

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