Why is The Tiger Leaping Gorge Special?
Enjoying a worldwide fame for its magnificent and breathtaking scenery, the Tiger Leaping Gorge is one the narrowest gorges in the world- it is only about 30 meters across in the narrowest place. There is legend that a tiger can leap across the river with a single jump.
The Tiger Leaping Gorge Highlights
Located nearby Lijiang County, it is a ravine with Jing Sha River cutting through two giant snow-caped mountains-Haba Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. 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 constitute the most magnificent scene of the gorges.
The Upper Gorge
This part is the narrowest section; The River is narrowed down here with a minimum of 30 meters. And in the center of the river is a huge rock called Tiger Leaping Rock. It is said that a tiger once leapt from the east bank.
The Middle Gorge
The most perilous section is the Middle Gorge. The gorge is rarely traversed by humans, but on the slope between the Middle and Lower Gorge there is a small village, where villagers lead a simple and natural life, dwelling in stone-plate houses.
The Lower Gorge
The Lower Gorge is the most awe-inspiring part all as well as the best place to enjoy the magnificent scene. 12 precious ancient rock paintings in the cliffs along the gorge are appealing.