Hiking in Tiger Leaping Gorge - top things to do in Lijiang
Tiger Leaping Gorge, doubtlessly, is the first pick for travelers fond of hiking when they travel to Yunnan. Never miss the rewarding trekking in the Stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge!
Hiking in Lijiang is one of the most popular things to do in Yunnan for all hikers. It is an excellent experience for your journey. At that time, you will not stop admiring the miracle of Nature.Hiking here will make your tours China perfect.
Near the mouth of the gorge, there is a rock in the middle of Golden Sand River (The Yangtze River is called the Golden Sand River in Yunnan) called Tiger Leaping Rock.
It says that a tiger used this rock as its stepping stone so it could leap across from one side of the gorge to the other. Then, the gorge got its name. Tiger Leaping Gorge is about 100 km. (62 mi.) northwest of the Old Town of Lijiang. It is also between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain.
The Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest gorge in the world, holds several peaks at both sides up to 6,000 m. (19,685 ft.) and 4,000 m. (13,123 ft.) vertically down from the summits flows the roaring Yangtze River. For the Yangtze River Cruises Tours, you can look at Historical China and Yangtze Cruise Tour.
While you are hiking in Lijiang, you will find that Tiger Leaping Gorge is divided into three segments: Upper Gorge, Middle Gorge and Lower Gorge. It drops to a depth of 213 m. (699 ft.) while its width at the narrowest point is only 20 m. (66 ft.).
The Upper Gorge, as the narrowest and uppermost section, is the mouth of fast flowing Golden Sand River. In the midst of the river's mouth is the Tiger Leaping Rock which blocks the 30 m. (98 ft.) wide river.
The water here makes violent whirlpools and hits the banks so powerfully that soaring breakers are created. The high waves, soaring water and the mountains shrouded with clouds and mist constitute the most magnificent scene of the gorges.
- The Middle Gorge, with an amazing flowing speed, is the most perilous section. The thunderous rushing waters slam into sharp, large rocks and crash down into the river forming swirling whirlpools.
The most exciting section is the Lower Gorge which is acclaimed for the wildest attraction of all. The cliffs are even steeper much more dangerous.
Besides, the river twists and turns and the river vigorously surges forward creating high waves and frothy spew as it collides with the mountainsides.
It is a kind of magnificent scenery which can inspire travelers a sense of adventure and satisfies their deepest yearnings. As long as you are interested in the incredible journey, please look at The Grand Yunnan Tour to get more information.
As it is known now, hiking in Lijiang City is one of the wonderful things to do in Yunnan. The hiking to the Tiger Leaping Gorge could be the best one for the most of hikers. There also some tips for you:
- There is no bank or medical facilities, so travelers should prepare them in advance.
- Bring your camera, wear skid proof shoes and be prepared to be astonished. This is a great sightseeing stop and wonderful place for photography.
- Do not hike alone. You would be better to hike with your families or friends. If you get hurt, your partner can help you and for good company to share the beautiful scenery.
Hope these information come in handy when you decide to take a trekking adventure while traveling to Yunnan. Bon voyage!
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