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!):
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.
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!
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.