Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan, China

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge is a China canyon on the Yangtze River. In the Chinese it's call "Hu Tiao Xia"(
虎跳峡). But locally called the Golden Sands River which Chinese is "Jin Sha Jiang"(金沙江).

It's located about 60 km north of Lijiang City,Yunnan in southwestern China which is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world. From the top of the gorge you look down the steeply angled (70-90 degrees) mountain sides to the rushing Golden Sands (Jing Sha) River with its 18 frothing rapids more than 200 meters (about 700 feet) below.

Naturally divided into three sections, the first section, which is the narrowest and uppermost section, is the mouth of the fast flowing Jing Sha River.

In the midst of the river's mouth is a large rock that is positioned at the gorge's narrowest section-only 30 meters (33 yards) wide. An ancient legend says that a tiger used this rock as its stepping stone so it could leap across from one side of the gorge to the other, which is how the gorge got its name.

As the river enters the middle section, it drops another 100 meters (330 feet) and its flow rate increases to an amazing speed. Here the thunderous rushing waters slam into sharp, large rocks and crash down into the river forming swirling whirlpools.

The gorge stretches about 15 kilometers (nine miles) and also affords people the possibility of rafting and drifting peacefully in its large quiet sections.

Here some picture of Tiger Leaping Gorge:

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