Tiger Leaping Gorge
About 100kms north of Lijiang, the upper reaches of the Yangtze River cut spectacularly through the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge. Set at 2,500 metres altitude, the 16km long gorge is flanked on its southern side by a range of ash grey mountain peaks that rise over 3km above the river's rapids. The gorge was so-named due to an ancient myth in which tiger jumped across the gorge to escape a hunter.
It is usually possible to organise a 2-day trek along the top of the gorge, staying overnight in one of the local guesthouses - a beautiful trek that is achievable by most active people and incredibly scenic and peaceful place. A short day trek along the base of the gorge is a great alternative!