Hiking down the canyon

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The roaring water of Jinsha river

Woke up in the early morning to see the wonderful view again. Xiaoqin's parent cooked us some meats and made us Yak butter tea for breakfast. (The Yak butter tea tasted so weird but they like it so much!) Xiaoqin arranged a car for us and helped us to get a good deal. What more you can ask for when you meet a kind and nice person like her in the trip!

We headed toward to Tiger Leaping Gorge. The name of Tiger Leaping Gorge came from the story that a tiger leaped over the gorge from the Haba snowy mountain to the Yulong snowy mountain (or called Jade Dragon mountain) with the aid of one of the big stone on the Jinsha river.  Most of the people try the upper trail that go up to the Haba snowy mountain but we wanted to get something difference.

On the way back to the road from the middle rapid
We hiked down to the side of Jinsha river.

The car dropped us off at the trail down to the upper rapid. This is a very easy trail that even elderly can handle it because the trail is basically made up of well-built wooden stairs. It took us about an hour to hike down to Jinsha river and back to the road. We wouldn't satisfy with that easy trail, so we went further down to the middle rapid. It is probably a trail that built by people's steps, with all the tiny stone and loosened soil. It is not really a extremely difficult trail if we didn't have our big backpack with us. In fact, before we started the hiking down to the middle rapid, one of the owner of the near hostel said we could leave the backpack over her place and get it back when we finish the trail - for free, but as one of my friend said that it seemed not very save to leave our bags to a strangers (it was only clothes inside!!!), so we have to take our bags with us to walk on the trail that only 0.

Another view of Jinsha river
6 or 0.7m wide with one side is the wall and the other side is a few hundred meter high cliff with the raging Jinsha river waiting for us, and climb up a ladder that hanging out at a vertical cliff without any protective wear. However, it really worth it when you see the water in Jinsha river roaring between the gorge and the breath-taking view on the way down there.

After resting for a while in the store that right up the middle rapid, we hired a car to Lijiang.

I am so sorry that we only took few pictures on our way down to the middle rapid because it is really inadvisable to hold a camera with us in that situation. Go there and you will see what I mean!

mountaingirl says:
Great blog ... I am planning a trip there :-)
Posted on: Jan 17, 2012
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The roaring water of Jinsha river
The roaring water of Jinsha river
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Another view of Jinsha river
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My friend Eric hiking down the mi…
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One of the ladder hanging out the…
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Resting on the slope after we fin…
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