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Nov 7, 2007 - Tiger Leaping Gorge

I first heard of Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)when our daughter Adia wrote to us from Lijiang in 1999. She had trekked to the gorge along with three travelling companions and emailed us a picture of her hugging a yellow cement tiger with the raging Yangtse in the background far below. Legend has it that a tiger was able to leap across the gorge at its narrowest point. I was always keen to visit this remote area myself, but was not willing to make the arduous climb or risk getting sick like she did during her time on the trail. I was...

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Nov 2, 2006 - Overnight buses and onto Tiger Leaping Gorge

After the disasterous train ride to Kunming, Cam and I got some rest in the morning before going to a backpacker's favorite for lunch McDONALD'S ! After the no eatting or drinking of the day before I gorged and had a Big Mac, 10 Chicken Nuggets, Fries and drink all for just 3.5 Euros or $5 Cdn!! Yep gotta love the Chinese prices!! Took a bit of a walk around before going to the train station to meet our friend Louise (one of the Vodkatrainers!!)who was coming to join us travelling for the next few weeks! The day was quite relaxed and not...

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Aug 3, 2006 - Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2006. TIGER LEAPING GORGE, CHINA. I caught a 1:30 pm minibus (Y15) to Qiaotou, about two hours north of Lijiang and the starting point for the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek (Y60). This 16 kilometer gorge is one of the deepest gorges in the world, where the Yangtze River (here called the Jinsha River) surges between two mountain ranges, the Haba and the Jade Dragon Snow mountains. From the top of the mountains to the river waters, it's a staggering 3900 meters. On the bus were five other travellers that I would eventually meet...

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Jul 25, 2006 - Qiaotou, Tiger Leaping Gorge

Nancy doing this for a change.....Tony has decided Planet Rugby is more important :) We are so so happy we decided to make the effort to come to Tiger Leaping Gorge, the weather was stunning as was the scenery, we did loads of walking or should I say slipping and sweating but we felt great at the end of both days. Was great to have got the muscles moving and heart pumping. The gorge is breathtaking. It is where the Yangzi River starts its long journey into China, and the large river squeezes itself amazingly between two huge mountains - the...

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Jul 3, 2006 - Tiger Leaping Gorge

It's said that a tiger leaped across the gorge from a rock long ago and that's where the name Tiger Leaping Gorge came from...yes I know, I'm so informative. The views from the gorge were amazing. Pictures don't do any justice to the size and space of the gorge, but that's the case with most hiking adventures, and that's the reward of being there. In Lijiang I met a very nice English couple, Tom and Liz. I tagged along with them through both days of trekking. The first day was a solid hike of 16 km which took us around 7 hours I believe. I...

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