62 miles northwest of Lijiang Old Town lying between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xueshan) and Haba Snow Mountain (Haba Xueshan) is Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Gorge), which is said to be the deepest gorge in the world. You will look from the top of the gorge down 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.
Divided into three sections, the first section, which is the narrowest and uppermost section, is the mouth of the fast flowing Jingsha River. And in the middle of the river's mouth there is a large rock that is positioned at the gorge's narrowest section-only 30 meters (33 yards) wide. By 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, which is how the gorge got its name.
And when the river enters the middle section, it drops another 100 meters (330 feet) and its flow rate increases to an astonishing speed. The deafening rushing waters slam into sharp, large rocks and crash down into the river forming swirling whirlpools. And the third and lowest section is acclaimed for being the wildest attraction of all.
Even steeper and much more dangerous cliffs overlook this part. The river twists and turns and the river vigorously surges forward creating high waves and a frothy spew as it collides with the mountainsides. This view inspires a sense of adventure and satisfies the deepest yearnings for magnificent vista.
Tiger Leaping Gorge stretches about 15 kilometers and also affords people the possibility of rafting and drifting peacefully in its large quiet sections, for the gentler folks among us and an exciting rafting adventure for the more experienced.
Enjoy a great sightseeing stop with enormous photo opportunities. Take your camera, wear skidproof shoes, and be prepared to be astonished.
08:30 to 18:00