Only had a day's time, so didn't do the trek on the high path to get from Upper Rapids to Middle Rapids, which we heard was not too fantastic compared to the Middle Rapids trek and will take at least the entire day. Continued the journey on the bus that took us from Lijiang to Tina's Guesthouse at Middle Rapids. Bags deposits for free. Take your day pack, walk abit, cross the bridge and descend via Tian Ti (Heavenly Ladder) near Bridge Cafe, down to the gorge. This is a path "managed" by a family of locals. A token road crossing fees apply. Steep but manageable trek down. Look out for the path to the other rock right next to the "Tiger Leaping Rock" (where you'll be charged for admission), to get really close to the gorge and water for free. Recommended to take a seperate way up although a seperate token road crossing fees apply as it's seperately "managed" by another family. Come up from the gorge abit and look out for the right turn onto Yi Xian Tian Path. Easy, gentle, scenic route to Walnut Garden. Great photo ops throughout the entire way. Whole excursion down to the gorge took only a few hours including plenty of time for photo-taking. We started after lunch at Tina's and had time to make our way to Haba Village (1hr drive away) for dinner and a night stay-over after the trek.
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