28 Zigzag Bends of Tiger Leaping Gorge
Chinese Name: 虎跳峡28道拐
English Name: 28 Zigzag Turns of Tiger Leaping Gorge
Chinese Pinyin: Hu Tiao Xia 28 Dao Guai
Location: Between Zhongnuoyu Village and Yachaguo Village in Tiger Leaping Gorge
28 Zigzag Turns of Tiger Leaping Gorge
Walk half an hour after having lunch in Naxi GH, then get to 28 Zigzag Turns of Tiger Leaping Gorge. the name derives from geographic feature that is 28 turns, at a altitude of 2680m. As you can imagine from its name, this section goes up with large gradient. It requires good physical condition to trek 700m up the gorge via 28 turns in comparison to 100m vertical height. You’d better taking a frequent rest. Travellers can enjoy the great view of Yulong Snow Mountain and overlook the Jinsha (Golden Sands) River Valley from here. It was vital to Tea-Horse Ancient Road in the past. Offical name of 28 Zigzag Turns is marked on the road sign as “ Tea-Horse Ancient Road 24 Zigzag Turns”.
Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Tips
1. It usually hot in day time, you can bring shorts and T-shirt. As hiking will consume lots of physical strength, you could take some high calorie food such as chocolate, malted milk, sliced dried beef and so on.
2. When you hiking to the Shenzhou Waterfall located between Walnut Garden and Zhongxia Hotel, you must be very carefull, as it may fall stone with the waterfall which is very dangerous.
3. Each year from June to September is the rainy season of the Diqing Plateau. You’d better avoid this period as it may occurs debris flow and mountain rock fall.
4. Located at the high altitude area, surrounded by Hengduan Montains, the climmate in Tiger Leaping Gorge is complicate and changable. The temperature difference between day and night is big. Take think coat, down jacket, gloves, anti-skidding boots with you.