(photo – near entrance of Tiger Leapi.jpgng Gorge trail)
China is a large and diverse country, with countless things for the traveller to see and do.
One of the most spectacular natural attractions has always been the Tiger Leapi.jpgng Gorge, a dramatic area in southwest China where the Yangtze river runs between major mountain ranges to both the south and north.
The highest bordering peaks are the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Haba Xueshan mountain, both at more than 5,300 metres above sea level, which provide an amazing backdrop as you are nestled between them near the river.
The Gorge can be viewed by car, but it is best experienced by a walking path, used by the local villagers, that traverses the Gorge.
The photogenic walk takes roughly 3 days to complete, or maybe 24 total walking hours, and there are a variety of guesthouses and accommodations along the way where you can sleep for a night or get a nice meal.
In recent years, there have been many rumours circulating that the Tiger Leapi.jpgng Gorge will not remain forever. At some time in the future, China may need to use the Gorge to build a dam to harness energy for the needs of China and its more than 1.3 billion people.
But in December of 2007, the Chinese government announced that it had cancelled its plans
to develop the area as a Dam project, protecting the area as a tourist attraction, at least for the time being.
In other words, if you go to China, be sure to visit the Tiger Leapi.jpgng Gorge in Yunnan Province, because there's no guarantee that it will be there forever.