Holidays to Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

Tiger Leaping Gorge is a sixteen-kilometre long ravine in southwest China. It was formed by the powerful Jinsha River forging its way through the mountains. The deepest part of the gorge is an astonishing 4,000 metres, making it one of the deepest in the world. It’s a highly acclaimed spot in China, and the valley is part of the Three Parallel Rivers World Heritage Site, a UNESCO natural preservation area.

The Gorge is named after the local legend that a tiger once leapt from one side of the canyon to the other – it’s only 30 metres wide as its narrowest point. Once you witness the drama of the steep mountain sides, the tight ravines, the thundering river below and the abundant wildlife that has made this phenomenal place home, you’ll understand just what all the fuss is about.

If you’re short on time but can’t bear to miss it, you can experience Tiger Leaping Gorge as a day trip from Lijiang (it’s about 40 miles away from the city), but to fully appreciate the spectacle and majesty of the gorge, it’s best to hike the two-day trail. The High Trail is the main path, and, unusually for a canyon, there are inns and hotels along the route. Handily, this means you can take it slowly if you need to, making it an accessible hike for those who aren’t expert hikers (hey, we’re not saying this is a stroll in your flip flops though, you’ll need proper hiking boots). Some parts of the hike can be a little precarious, and you’ll need to have your wits about you. But mostly it’s a sturdy path that means you’ll get to marvel at this geological masterpiece.



  • One of the world’s deepest and most spectacular canyons

  • The hiking opportunities along the inner canyon wall are exhilarating and challenging

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I became fluent in Mandarin during my time living, studying and working in China. From there I travelled to every corner of China and explored Japan and Taiwan. Beijing is my favourite city, I love finding amazing places to eat and trying new dishes.

Places to stay in Tiger Leaping Gorge

Here are some of our favourite accommodation options in Tiger Leaping Gorge. All of our hotels and lodges are hand-picked by our Travel Designers. Need help deciding where to stay during your trip? Call our Travel Designers now and they’ll help you pick the best hotels suited to your needs: 020 3510 5777

Things to do in Tiger Leaping Gorge

Here are some of the things you can do in Tiger Leaping Gorge. When you've chosen your favourite experiences, just give our Travel Designers a call and they'll put a trip together for you. If you need help choosing an experience, or if you want to learn more about it, our Travel Designers will be more than happy to talk to you. Just call them on: 020 3510 5777

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