Day Trip to Tiger Leaping Gorge with scenic hike. Yunnan

Day Trip to the Tiger Leaping Gorge Yunnan Province

Spice up your your Yunnan Holiday with a day trip to the Tiger Leaping Gorge

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A day trip from either Lijiang or Zhongdian to the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge in the Yunnan Province, one of the deepest canyons in the world. The difference in height from the Yangtze River to the highest peak of Jade Dragon Mountain measures almost 4,000 meters. Along a high trail, you hike high above the Yangtze River and enjoy the most breathtaking views the Yunnan Province has to offer. The ideal family tour suitable for kids of 6 years or more.

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Day Tour to Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan Province, China

The famous Tiger Leaping Gorge is located about 80km north of Lijiang. The driving time is about 1.5 hours. Wedged between the Jade Dragon Mountain in the East and the Haba Mountain in the West, the Tiger Leaping Gorge ranks amongst the deepest gorges in the world!

Entrance to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan Province, China

According to legend, a tiger once escaped from his hunters here by leaping across the Yangtze River in one bound to the other side. Hence the name “Tiger Leaping Gorge”.

The world's third-longest river, the Yangtze River, or Jin Sha Jiang (“Golden Sand River”) as it is known at this point, surges between steep, narrow rock faces that rise abruptly for almost 4000m to the summits of the Jade Dragon Mountain east (5596m) and Haba Snow Mountain in the west (5396m).

The easiest way to travel from Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge is either by a private car or by public bus. There are two buses per day running between Lijiang main bus terminal and the Tiger Leaping Gorge. In case tickets for both these buses are sold out you can always buy a ticket for one of the many buses that go all the way from Lijiang to Zhongdian and then simply ask the bus driver to drop you off at Qiaotou, the village at the entrance of the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

The Tiger Leaping Gorge "Lijiang side"

The easiest way to access the Tiger Leaping Gorge is from the eastern side or the Lijiang side.

You can leave your car at the parking lot and walk from there along a concrete path for about 2km to the rock, where the tiger supposedly jumped over the Yangtze River. The path is flat, easy to walk and accessible by wheel chair.

Rickshaws are available for people who do not like to walk. However, due to the construction of the railway bridge the "Lijiang side" of Tiger Leaping Gorge is currently not accessible.

The Tiger Leaping Gorge "Zhongdian side"

One of the most scenic hikes in China: The Tiger Leaping Gorge, north of Lijiang

Another option is to travel from Lijiang to Qiaotou, a village located on the western side of the gorge. This side of the Tiger Leaping Gorge is also often referred to as the “Zhongdian side”.

Should you arrive by public bus from Lijiang or Zhogndian, then you have to purchase your ticket at the entrance. The bus then continues the journey into the gorge to Tina's Guesthouse. If you simply want to visit the viewing platform then you will have to hire a local taxi at the entrance of Tiger Leaping Gorge.

From the parking lot of the viewing platform there are stairs leading down into the gorge to the big rock, where, according to legend, the tiger leaped across the gorge to escape its hunters. It takes about 10 Minutes to walk down the stairs and about 30 Minutes to climb back up to the parking lot. The RMB 45 entrance fee to the Zhongdian side has to be paid in Qiaotou before entering the gorge.

Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan Province

Hiking along the high trail through the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan Province, China

Arguably the best way to truly experience the dimensions of the Tiger Leaping Gorge is by walking along a scenic hiking trail on the Zhongdian side high above the Yangtze River.

Many publications have named this 16-kilometer hiking trail as one of the best in the China. Winding its way beneath waterfalls and through pine and bamboo forests, the high trail follows the slopes of Haba Mountain throughout the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan.

The hike through the Tiger Leaping Gorge along the high trail offers unforgettable views of the Yangtze River, the gorge and the snow-capped peaks of the Jade Dragon Mountain.

On this day trip to the Tiger Leaping Gorge you will walk along parts of this magnificent high trail. 


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Tour Itinerary

One day hike in the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan Province

Pick up at your Yunnan Hotel in either Lijiang or Zhongdian. Scenic drive to Qiaotou. Qiaotou is located at the entrance of the Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia).

One of the best sceneries the Yunnan Province has to offer: The Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

Reputedly the deepest canyon in the world, the Tiger Leaping Gorge measures 16km long and a staggering 3900m from the waters of the Jinsha (Yangtze) River to the snow-capped mountain tips of the Haba Mountain Range to the West and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the East.

Our driver will drop you on the road that leads up to the Tea Horse Guesthouse. You walk uphill along a small road for about 1,5 hours. Along the way you will enjoy spectacular views of the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the “5 Fingers” of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Enjoy lunch with magnificent views over Tiger Leaping Gorge and Jade Dragon Mountain.

In the afternoon you continue walk on a high trail for another 2 hours until you reach the Half Way House where you can have a short rest. Once again your efforts are rewarded with magnificent views of the Jade Dragon Mountain.

After that, continue for another two hours downhill to Tina’s Guesthouse. From here your driver will drive you back to your hotel in Lijiang. The total walking time is about 4.5 hours. It is easy walking, mostly flat or downhill. Also suitable for families with children.

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