The Tiger Leaping Gorge is an approximately 15-kilometer-long gorge in the north of the Chinese province of Yunnan. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage designated National Park area ‘Three parallel rivers Yunnans.’ According to legend, a tiger is said to be able to cross the ravine at its narrowest point over a boulder in the middle of the river with two jumps. Measure the difference in height from the lowest point to the highest; it is the deepest gorge in the world with about 3900 meters difference in altitude.
The ravine is located in the northwest of Lijiang City and has been shaped by thousands of years of glacial meltdown waters that shot down from Haba and Jade Dragon Mountain. For those who want to spend a little more time, the 2-day hiking tour through the landscape is the perfect option. If you have less time, you can explore the lower part, which is considered the most beautiful and impressive, in a 3 to 4-hour tour. If you travel by bus from Lijiang to Shangri-La, this tour is usually scheduled in the trip.