Tiger Leaping Gorge – the easy way

The second half of our trek through Yunnan Province, including Stone Drum Village and the Yangtze River was a walking tour to Tiger Leaping Gorge.  It’s one of the most scenic hiking places in China – and while we did go to the bottom most point, we didn’t do any actual hiking. Much of the “real” hiking to be done is on largely unimproved trails that look like this (yikes!):

Much of the real hiking trails at Tiger Leaping Gorge are narrow and prone to landslides. A bit too dangerous for our kid crew!

Much of the real hiking trails at Tiger Leaping Gorge are narrow and prone to landslides. A bit too dangerous for our kid crew!

So instead, we went on the Upper Gorge route, which was a nice drive to a parking lot, that led to a rock-paved path alongside the river.  And, while the fencing between the path and the river was not my idea of perfectly safe, we generally stayed closest to the wall and enjoyed the 45-minute walk to the deepest part of the gorge.

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Where some of the exterior paths had washed out, they had excavated walking paths inside the mountain – it was a nice diversion!
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The Jingsha River runs through the gorge – with its 18 frothing rapids more than 200 meters (about 700 feet) below.  It’s considered unnavigable, and the mightiness of the rushing water was not lost on us!

Tiger_Leaping_Gorge_2015_5At 3790 meters (12434 feet) from river to mountain peak, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest canyons in the world! Tiger_Leaping_Gorge_2015_6

 

The big rock in the middle (below) is said to be the one that a tiger used to leap across the gorge while escaping from a hunter, thus the name.

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On the way home, we had to wait for a road crew to fix a a curve that had washed out – and were rewarded with this view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain….our destination for the next day!Tiger_Leaping_Gorge_2015_8

On the way back to Lijiang, we passed through many farming villages - and by many Chinese farmers, on the way home after a hard days' work....most with a basket on their backs or a hoe tossed over a shoulder.

On the way back to Lijiang, we passed through many farming villages – and by many Chinese farmers, on the way home after a hard days’ work….most with a basket on their backs or a hoe tossed over a shoulder.

About 

Currently, I’m globetrotting with my family as my husband is a Vice Consul with the United States Foreign Service.

Our first post was Recife, PE, Brazil, and we arrived in August 2010. Upon arrival, our daughter had just turned four and our superbaby son had just turned three months.

During the summer of 2013, our family of four moved to Guangzhou, China, for a two-year post. Our daughter is seven and our son is three.

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