Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Greg and I just got back from an incredible 3-day hike through the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Northern Yunnan. The hike follows cliffs and mountains above the Yangze river, through a section where it has cut a deep canyon between some really big mountains. End to end the trail takes 2-3 days to hike and passes through several small villages, which, conveniently have guesthouses and cafes, so no need to carry a tent, sleeping bag, or much food! I cannot recommend this hike enough to anyone travelling through the Yunnan province. The trail is well marked, you don’t need a guide, the guesthouses along the way all have very nice rooms, and the scenery is amazing. Oh, and in case you lack the stamina for those switchbacks, there are many guys that walk up and down with their horses just in case you want to catch a lift!

Here is a photo from the first village we stayed in:

The name “Tiger Leaping Gorge” comes from an old legend that says a tiger leapt across the river at a certain spot. How cool! Why can’t we have names like that in the US? In Washington we’re stuck with places like “Steven’s pass” and “Mount Daniel”. I think we need to start up some of these so called “legends” so that our future generations have some better material to work with.

Here is “Greg the Explorer”:

Some dramatic later afternoon sun on the mountains:

In this village, they like to grow a little corn:
Holy Corn Cobs!

Section of the river towards the end of the Gorge:

I have never been afraid of a river until this hike. If you fell in this section you would surely die:

This photo shows just how jagged the surrounding mountains are:

And now we’re off to Hong Kong.  Greg’s gonna go to the dentist, I’m gonna get some film developed, and we’re both gonna do lots of shopping.  yay!  Later.

May 29, 2007 - Posted by | China, Photography, Travel, Yunnan


  1. The most amazing photos! Makes us wish we were there!

    Comment by Cynthia | May 30, 2007 | Reply

  2. thats amazing!
    too bad the timing didnt work out. it would have been awesome for jason to meet up with you two in hong kong!

    Comment by mandy | May 30, 2007 | Reply

  3. I know! I wish we got here 1 week earlier. That would have been really cool to see J here.

    Comment by francie | May 31, 2007 | Reply

  4. Say Hi to Greg for me. looks like you are having fun!

    Comment by john | June 1, 2007 | Reply

  5. Francie, those pictures were amazing. The place you stayed looks like something from a storybook. Your trip is one in a lifetime but you two will probably find other places to visit. Love E

    Comment by Aunt Elaine | June 1, 2007 | Reply

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