for 15 kilometers from the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
of Lijiang to Haba Snow Mountain of Zhongdian,
Tiger Leaping Gorge , with a drop of 3,000 meters,
is believed to be one of the world's deepest canyons.
The torrential Jinsha River, roaring and crashing
over grotesque shaped rocks, produces a thrilling
and stirring sight here.
With an elevation of 1,800 meters,
the gorge at its narrowest point is only
30 meters wide. It was said that a hunted
tiger once made his escape to the other
side in a single bound. Hence its name.
Formed by the sudden turning of Jinsha River,
the gorge, containing 18 rapids, is divided
into the Upper Gorge, Middle Gorge and Lower
The Upper Gorge is the narrowest
section of the whole gorge. A 13-meter-high
rock - Tiger Leaping Rock stands in the
middle of the river, forming a unique scene
in this section. The Middle Gorge is 5 km
north of the upper one.
The river drops nearly 100 meters
in this section. The Lower Gorge is the
most awe-inspiring part of all as well as
the best place to enjoy the magnificent
scene of this gorge.
Now, here has already become
the favorite place of adventurers from all
over the world.