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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)

Address: 100 km (62 miles) NW of Lijiang | Hutiaoxia Town, Shangri-La County 674402, China
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, Outdoors
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Type: Canyons, Outdoors
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Shenzhen, China
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Start in the village (Qioatou?), don't let your driver drop you randomly at the side of the mountain! My friend and I are pretty fit but the hike still took almost 8 hours with only 3 short breaks. Of course that includes a 2-hr detour bc we were dropped at the side of the mountaint. Everyone talks about the 28... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Don't be defeated by the long journey and taxing hike, definitely worth the trip. A must-go! Love: the raging rapids seemingly wanted to engulf you, it's intimidating but felt invincible at the same time, a one in a lifetime experience Hate: the never-ending stairs/hike up

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

There is some construction going on at the beginning of the trek and may necessitate some detours and a guide with up to date knowledge will be useful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I was there in September 2014. There are 3 parts of the gorge in TLG. The upper, middle and lower. I stayed in Tibetan Guesthouse in middle TLG. The view if fantastic and the onwer is very helpful. They can provide transport from Lijiang for a fee and also take you to Shangrila. We went to Shangrila taking the less... More 

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Modiin Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

At the age of 70+, and although we are no longer backpackers, we drove from Lijiang to the entrance of the site (Lijiang side, not Shangrila side), and then walked to the gorge itself. We have seen many gorges and canyons all over the world but this was indeed impressive - the rush of water, the beautiful scenery and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We spent a day and a half hiking the gorge in late November 2014. We were staying near Shuhe Old Town so we arranged a private transfer from our guest house Tibet Guest House (which I have reviewed separately) to Qiaotou. We were first brought to the ticketing office at Qiaotou town to purchase the admission tickets and the minivan... More 

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Northern Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

It is not easy to get there from Lijiang. Took almost the whole morning traveling by tour bus. Also, the gorge is divided into two sections, the Upper Tiger Leap Gorge and the Middle Tiger Leap Gorge. We thought we would visit both, but the tour company insisted that it is one or the other but not both. To be... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is without a doubt the most impressive hike I ever did (and I did a lot in a lot of different countries). You must do it by the high road, which is only hiked by backpackers and hikers (no higheels tourists, no tourists buses and godbless no cable car). For the first time in two months in China we... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We just did the middle tiger leaping gorge down to the water and onto Walnut Garden. The path started over the bridge at Sandy's guest house. The first part of the path is quite good and there are things to hold onto. People say it takes 40 minutes but we went slow and took an hour stopping for photos and... More 

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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I did the trekking starting from Tina's GH in the afternoon, sleeping at the Halfway GH, and finishing the day after at Qiatao. It takes about 7 hours. The views are stunning, the road has some strenuous uphill parts, especially the first hour from Tina's, but also flat parts. Much is among beautiful trees. There are few people and the... More 

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