Tiger Leaping Gorge is no doubt an independent hiker's first choice in China. This magnificent gorge holds several peaks at both sides up to 6000 meters. 4000 meters vertically down from the summits flows the roaring Yangzi River (the longest river in China).
Having been adventured by western intrepid hikers since 1980s, the gorge used to offer two hiking footpaths: the High Trail and the Low Road. Today the Low Road was transformed into a vehicular road. Fortunately, the easily accessible High Trail, with well-marked signs, clean and friendly lodges, amazing landscapes, still offers a wonderful trek to any fit traveler who loves wild nature.
Tiger Leaping Gorge has evoked much controversy between the prosperity of tourism and the preservation of nature. I don't want to add any comment to this controversy. So far, the hikers are still able to enjoy the wild, isolated nature along the High Trail while the Low Road makes the gorge accessible to every tourist.
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