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Tiger Leaping Gorge - Yunnan province

Duration: 1 day
Start: Dali or Lijiang

The first bend of the Yangtze River is referred to as Jinsha Jiang, or the Golden Sand river. Then you head to the Tiger Leaping Gorge.



The First Bend of the Yangtze River. That's what you first experience on route to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. This upper part of the river is actually referred to as Jinsha Jiang, which means the Golden Sand River. Then, in the small town of Qiaotao, you will enter the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Already from the parking area, you will have a splendid view of this wild part of the river and the huge mountains that together form the Gorge. A stair leads you down to the river, but keep in mind that it is in total 440 steps down and later on up again. In the middle of the smallest section of the river, there is a big rock. It is told that at this point a chased tiger escaped a hunter by jumping over the river.
Once back at the car, you will return to Dali or Lijiang. 


Start and End Yangtze River and Tiger Leaping Gorge

The driver will pick you up at your accommodation in Dali or Lijiang. He will be waiting for you after breakfast. At the end of the day, you will be dropped off at your accommodation. If you are heading to the next destination, then let us know. We might be able to arrange your drop off.


Tips, remarks, and ideas

  1. Take a look at the other excursions that depart from Lijiang. You might like to make a combination:
    • Lashihai lake by bike
    • Baisha; visit the palace and see frescoes, Naxi village, Wenfen Si Monastery, and Black Dragon Pool Park
    • If you're into cycling, visit Baisha and the Naxi villages by bike
  2. You can read more about the objects that you will visit during the tour in the section "Highlights in and around Dali or Lijiang"