The world-renowned Tiger Leaping Gorge is located 60 kilometers north of Lijiang City of Yunnan province, which is part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas World Heritage Site. Tiger Leaping Gorge is a scenic canyon on the Jinsha River, which is the canyon with largest falls in the world. As a primary tributary of the upper Yangtze River, the Tiger Leaping Gorge is 17 kilometers in length, 1800 meters in altitude and 200 meters in drops. It is home to 18 dangerous shoals, with precipitous cliff standing on both sides solemnly.
The Tiger Leaping Gorge consists of three sections, upper gorges, middle gorge and lower gorge, which stretches totally 25 kilometers in length. The upper gorges is the narrowest section of the Tiger Leaping Gorge and in the center of it crouches an enormous rock, which cuts the tottering water into two streams and creates the deafening sound. About the name of this rock, here comes the story. As the story goes, it is across this rock that a fierce tiger jumped onto the Haba Snow Mountain and survived, hence the name “Tiger Leaping Rock”.
The middle gorge is 5 kilometers from the upper gorge with large falls and the Star Densely Distributed reef area is the most dangerous part of it. In this wide gorge, reefs are densely dotted, offering the rushing torrent casting down magnificently. Cross the Sleepy Stone Board, then comes the lower gorge, which boasts a 1-kilometer deep wide gully. The lower gorge is close to the exit of Tiger Leaping Gorge and it is the best place to discover the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Standing beside the Tiger Leaping Gorge, you would be overwhelmed by the roaring torrent and impressive spectacle. The numerous tiger leaping rocks lurked beneath to prevent the torrent and creates the thundering surges, which makes itself a great getaway for hiking lovers. With its unbeatable charm, the tiger leaping gorges attracts uncountable adventure-addicts to pay a visit annually.
Admission Fee: 50RMB. If visiting the Tiger Leaping Gorge before 7:00, no admission fee is needed.
Open Time: 9:00~18:00
Location: Northeast of Pannong County, Jade Dragon Autonomous Prefecture, Lijiang, Yunnan Province.
Suggested Traveling Duration: 2 days Best time to visit: Spring and autumn
How to get to: There are shuttle buses from Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge Town, which is available from 7:00 to 4:30. Just go to the local bus station to buy ticket, which cost about 20RMB. For renting a car, it costs about 500RMB per day.