Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Gorge)

Map of Tiger Leaping Gorge
Map of Tiger Leaping Gorge
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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), which is one of the deepest gorges in the world. From the top of the gorge you look down the steeply angled (70-90 degrees) mountain sides to the rushing Golden Sands (Jinsha) River with its 18 frothing rapids more than 200 meters (about 700 feet) below.

Naturally divided into three sections, the first section, which is the narrowest and uppermost section, is the mouth of the fast flowing Jingsha River. In the midst of the river's mouth is a large rock that is positioned at the gorge's narrowest section-only 30 meters (33 yards) wide. The altitude of the mouth of the Tiger Leaping Gorge is 1,800m (984 fathoms).

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.

As the river enters the middle section, it drops another 100 meters (330 feet) and its flow rate increases to an amazing speed. Here the thunderous rushing waters slam into sharp, large rocks and crash down into the river forming swirling whirlpools. Can it get more exciting? Yes, it can as the third and lowest section is acclaimed for being the wildest attraction of all!

The cliffs over-looking this section are even steeper and much more dangerous. Here, the river twists and turns and the river vigorously surges  forward creating high waves and a frothy spew as it collides with the mountainsides. This is a view that inspires a sense of adventure and satisfies the deepest yearnings for magnificent scenery.

The Tiger Leaping Gorge stretches about 15 kilometers (nine miles) and also affords people the possibility of rafting and drifting peacefully in its large quiet sections, for the gentler folks among us and an exciting rafting adventure for the more experienced. Do not want to raft?
Tiger Leaping Gorge, Lijiang
Entrance to Tiger Leaping Gorge

Hiking Tips

1. It’s quite popular to hike along the gorge, and you can follow the signs made by other visitors along the way.
2. This is a great sightseeing stop with enormous photo opportunities. But the Tiger Leaping Gorge tour is long, so you are not suggested to bring many bags. Bring your camera, wear skidproof shoes, and be prepared to be astonished. Besides, 1-2 bottles of water are necessary.
3. Some difficulties may occur in the hiking along Tiger Leaping Gorge, you can choose to ride the local horse on the way.
4. The best time to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge is April – June and September & October due to the good weather condition.

How to get to Tiger Leaping Gorge

1.Take bus from Lijiang Transport Service Center Bus Station to Tiger Leaping Gorge. It departs at 08:00 and 08:30 every morning and takes around 1.5 - 2 hours to reach there.
2. Charter a car from Lijiang. It costs around CNY 300 to 400 per day.
3. The Gorge is located between Lijiang and Shangri-La, so visitors can take the inter-city buses of the two and ask the driver to drop you off at the gorge.


Visitors can also catch a bus passing by Tiger Leaping Gorge to Shangri-La.

Entrance Fee CNY 35;
Free for children under 1.2m (3.9ft).
Opening Hours 9:00 - 16:30
Recommended Time for a Visit 2 hours
Scenic of Tiger Leaping Gorge
Swift-flowing river in Hu Tiao Xia
Stream flows in the gorge
Mild Section of Hutiao Gorge
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- Last modified on Mar. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Gorge)
Asked by SYUHADACA | Mar. 06, 2019 17:43Reply
How much is the bus from Lijiang town to TLG? is it return trip ticket?
If one way, is there any counter selling ticket there?
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Answered by Amanda from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 06, 2019 19:25

It takes about CNY30 from Lijiang to TLG Town by bus. Then take a taxi or private car from the town to TLG and it costs around CNY30. There are regular buses back from the town to Lijiang.
Asked by Noorasmaliza from MALAYSIA | Jan. 06, 2019 19:55Reply
One night stay at Tiger Leaping George
hi..i'm planning to stay one night at TLG...anyone can suggest the best hotel/resort that the car can go there without hiking?
Answers (1)
Answered by Marin from CANADA | Jan. 09, 2019 23:43

Halfway Guesthouse is recommended for you. :)
Asked by Nurul nadya from MALAYSIA | Jan. 06, 2019 04:56Reply
Tiger Leaping Gorge: How to get there, cost & itinerary
Hi..I plan to hike TLG in this April. May I know how I can get there the easiest way since I will be from Lijiang town. I plan to hike all routes, can I do that in 3- 4 days? Which one will be first, second and third and what will be the overall cost, if u can help..it would be appreciated..Thanks!
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Answered by Marley from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 09, 2019 23:37

1. The easiest way is to hire a private car from Lijiang to TLG. In general, the cost is CNY350 to 400 per day.
2. 3 to 4 days are enough to hike all routes. The route of lowest section - middle section - uppermost section is recommended.
Asked by HANZ7 | Dec. 13, 2018 21:21Reply
Private transport to Tiger Leaping Gorge
Is there any hostel in Lijiang that provide/ arrange private van (for 6 pax) to there & how much is the fare? We would like to reach Tiger Leaping Gorge early as we only have 1 day to explore the gorge. We need to take the earliest bus to Lijiang the next morning. Please help.

Thank you.
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Answered by Nolan from FINLAND | Dec. 17, 2018 17:23

Well, I am not sure about the hotels provide private van to TLG. You need to consult when you arriving there. If you only have one day, you are suggested to hire a private van in order to save time. Generally speaking, the fare is CNY500 to 700 per day.
Answered by han from MALAYSIA | Dec. 26, 2018 00:13

Many thanks Nolan!
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