Tiger Leaping Gorge
Most tours only take you to the first of the rapids just at the start of the Gorge, this one is most developed with steps, stairs and viewing platforms and plenty of people. By staying overnight at Tina's Guesthouse, which is great, over looks the Gorge and about 8kms further in we were able to hike down to the middle rapids. The scenery was better and very few people. The road in leaves a lot to be desired but as there wasn't much traffic once we got through the short tunnel it wasn't much of a worry
Just a note- they don't want anyone doing anything other than pee in their toilet. They made a big deal of this, for some reason, so I thought I'd mention it here too. It's important.
Going to Lashihai Lake by bicycle is a challenge. The endless ascent, up, up, made me exhausted. But when I saw the lake, I was satisfied. It was unbelievable that someone enclosed the lake to charge a fee to reach the shore of the lake. If I wanted to stand on the lakeside, I had to buy a ticket and ride their horses. Thanks to my bicycle, I entered in a village and found a way to approach the lake, crossing a field. Oh, my poor technique of cycling, I fell on the ground, but it was ok. I stood beside the lake and played with wild ducks.
Return way was so comfortable, total downhill path.
Garganta del salto del tigre/Tiger Leaping Gorge
Es una visita obligada en Lijiang , los que no estamos en muy buenas condiciones físicas , nos conformamos con ver la primera garganta pero los que están un poco mejor hacen la ruta mítica , que dura dos o tres días , subiendo por el borde de la garganta
Es una de las gargantas más profundas del mundo , mide 16 kms. de largo y la altura desde las aguas del río Jinsha hasta lo más alto de las montañas es 3.900 m
Para llegar a la primera garganta , fuimos en un taxi que nos dejó en el aparcamiento , desde donde hay que andar 2,5 kms , por un camino que han excavado en la roca y que llega a través de estrechos pasadizos y túneles a la parte estrecha de la garganta
Recibe el nombre del salto del tigre , pues cuentan las leyendas que cuando unos cazadores iban persiguiendo a un tigre por las montañas , este dio un salto para escapar al otro lado del río por la zona más estrecha
Coincidimos con dos Parisinos que nos hicieron el paseo muy agradable
It is a must in Lijiang. We that are not in very good physical condition, we were satisfied visiting the first Gorge but those who are in better conditions can make the mythical route, which lasts two or three days, trekking by the edge of the Gorge
It is one of the deepest gorges in the world, measuring 16 km. long and the height from the Jinsha River to the summit of the mountain is 3,900 m
To reach the first gorge, we went in a taxi ( 60 kms from Lijiang) that left us in the parking lot, and from here you can walk 2.5 miles, along a path that has been dug into the rock that goes through narrow passageways and tunnels to the closest part of the gorge
The origin of the name of theTiger Leaping is that legends say that when some hunters were chasing a tiger by the mountains, he jumped to escape across the river in the narrowest area
We met there two Parisiens that made us very a pleasant treck
Lijiang Western New Years
"long johns in Lijiang"
Provences in the western regions of China are my favorit place in all of Mainland China. I spent a week in Yunnan durring western new years. It was cold and only heat were electric matts in your beds, yet it was worth it. I would not stay there for more than a week durring winter months. Showering daily is just not feasable! Nor worth the risk of illness.