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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting – My Yunnan Trip # 18 –Tiger Leaping Gorge

This is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting.

The above two pictures were taken inside the bus on our way from Lijiang to the Tiger Leaping Gorge,  The views were gorgeous.  Seeing and hearing the thunderous rushing waters slam into sharp, large rocks, I could feel the power of nature.  While some travelers felt very excited, I did have a “fleeting moment”.

I have put together a video with a piece of Chinese music from the You Tube selection:  Drifting along the Pearl River.   Enjoy!

Tiger Leaping Gorge is a scenic canyon on the Jinsha River, a primary tributary of the upper Yangtze River. It is located 60 kilometres north of Lijiang City, Yunnan in southwestern China. Wikipedia
Address: Shangri-La, Deqen, Yunnan, China

It is believed that the Tiger Leaping Gorge is the deepest in the world.  It is about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Lijiang Old Town lying between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xueshan) and Haba Snow Mountain (Haba Xueshan) is Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Gorge).  From the top of the gorge you look down the steeply angled (70-90 degrees) mountain sides to the rushing Golden Sands (Jingsha) River with its 18 frothing rapids more than 200 meters (about 700 feet) below.

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 place got its name.

References:

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/yunnan/lijiang/tiger.htm

http://wikitravel.org/en/Tiger_Leaping_Gorge

If you like to see the pictures , here’s a slide show and a gallery.  Enjoy!

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24 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting – My Yunnan Trip # 18 –Tiger Leaping Gorge

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    • Actually Yunnan is a very popular province for tourists. I went from u.s. to Beijing and then connect a flight to Kunming / Yunnan. Lots of tourist agencies have tours from U..S. Yunnan’s tourism industry is growing.
      Glad that you are interested. I can send you some information if you like.

      • Thanks! I was in China two years ago but we only made it to Beijing and Shanghai. This place is on my list for someday. Not sure when I’ll be able to go back. What other cities did you visit?

      • I had visited almost all the major regions in China. If you are interested in cultures, Silk Road is my favorite. Xian where the Terracotta Warriors are, Dunhuang where the Buddhist paintings in caves, Xinjiang ( I like Kashgar ), and many more. I had also been to Tibet and Inner Mongolia…all very interesting and beautiful places.
        The Terracotta Warriors just visited SF AAM. I made a video and am very glad of the presentation. Take a look at the video link above. I have a you tube channel now.

      • Wow thanks so much! I am really interested in the natural part and Tibet. However, the Terracotta Warriors would be awesome to. Now I’m going to check out your video!

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  13. WONDERFUL VIDEO AND SLIDESHOW. Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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