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Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

One of the natural wonders of the world, Tiger Leaping Gorge was formed by the Jinsha River forcing its way between the towering Yulong and Haba Mountains.

According to tradition a tiger once leapt across the gorge, which is only 30 meters wide at its narrowest point. The gorge is a truly stunning spectacle, as the rushing waters hasten to join the mighty flow of the Yangtze far downstream.

Visiting Tiger Leaping Gorge

It can be visited as a great day trip from Lijiang, though those with the time and energy for a two-day hike can explore the region in much greater depth. Staying overnight in a local guesthouse in the center of the gorge itself is an unforgettable experience.

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Suggested Tiger Leaping Gorge itinerary

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Tiger Leaping Gorge, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Tiger Leaping Gorge

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Tiger Leaping Gorge. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • The Halfway Lodge, Tiger Leaping Gorge

      The Halfway Lodge

      Basic

      The Halfway Lodge offers basic guesthouse accommodation. Its rooms are very simple but clean, and it has fantastic views of the gorge.

    Ideas for experiencing Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Tiger Leaping Gorge, and which use the best local guides.

    • Tiger Leaping Gorge

      Daju to Qiaotou Trek - 2 Days

      Tiger Leaping Gorge

      The walk begins gently as you make your way to the ferry that takes you across the river. The high path then leads you into the gorge and on to the village of Walnut Grove.