How to Get to Tiger Leaping Gorge from Lijiang

To get to Tiger Leaping Gorge from Lijiang, you have a few transportation options. Tiger Leaping Gorge is located approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Lijiang in Yunnan Province, China. Here’s how you can reach it:

  1. By Bus:
    • Take a bus from Lijiang to Qiaotou Town, which is the starting point for most hikes in Tiger Leaping Gorge. Buses from Lijiang to Qiaotou operate regularly throughout the day, and the journey takes around 2-3 hours.
    • From Qiaotou Town, you can either hike into Tiger Leaping Gorge or hire a local minivan to take you to the trailhead. The hike from Qiaotou to the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge is about 2-3 hours.
  2. By Private Car or Taxi:
    • You can hire a private car or taxi from Lijiang to take you directly to Tiger Leaping Gorge. This option provides more flexibility in terms of timing and allows you to stop at scenic viewpoints along the way.
    • Negotiate the price with the driver before starting your journey, and consider sharing the cost with other travelers to reduce expenses.
  3. By Organized Tour:
    • Many tour companies in Lijiang offer organized day trips or multi-day tours to Tiger Leaping Gorge. These tours typically include transportation, guided hikes, and sometimes accommodation.
    • Check with local tour operators or your hotel in Lijiang to inquire about available tour options, schedules, and prices.
  4. Self-Drive:
    • If you’re comfortable driving in China, you can rent a car in Lijiang and drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge. The road conditions are generally good, but be prepared for narrow and winding mountain roads.
    • Make sure to have a valid Chinese driver’s license and familiarize yourself with local traffic rules and regulations.

Whichever option you choose, make sure to check the weather conditions and prepare accordingly, especially if you plan to hike in Tiger Leaping Gorge. The gorge is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering stunning views of the Jinsha River and the surrounding mountains, so be sure to bring your camera and enjoy the experience!

Tiger Leaping Gorge is located about 88 km (62 miles) northwest of Lijiang City and about 108 kilometers south of Shangri-La County of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. It is one of the deepest gorges in the world.

How to Get to Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge form Lijiang?

1.By Bus

At Lijiang Passenger Station, there are buses running to Tiger Leaping Gorge at 08:00 and 08:30(peak season only). Then get off at Qiaotou Town and rent a car to Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge which is 9 km from Qiaotou Town.

Bus Information(for reference only):

Departure Station Departure Time Arrival Station Ticket Fare Duration
Lijiang Passenger Station 08:00 am Hutiaoxia Town/Qiaotou Town RMB 33 2 hours
Lijiang Passenger Station 08:30 am(peak season only) Hutiaoxia Town/Qiaotou Town RMB 22 2 hours

2. By Car-Rental

Renting a car toTiger Leaping Gorge is more comfortable and convenient but with more expense. If you need to rent a car, Yunnan Exploration provides this service, please call us or send us an email. We’re confident our experienced and skilled driver and vehicle will leave you a deep good impression.

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