Hutiao Gorge Landscape
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The Hutiao Gorge is located along the upper course of the Jinsha River northeast of Shigu in Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province. Its total length is 18 km, and it is divided into 3 sections, Upper Hutiao, Middle Hutiao and Lower Hutiao, which stretch circuitously for 25 km. Yulong Snow Mountain is to the east, and Diqing Haba Snow Mountain is to the west. The upper gap of Hutiao Gorge is at an elevation of 1,800 m, and the lower gap is at an elevation of 1,630 m. The height difference of the canyon is 3,790 m. There are seven consecutive headcuts along the gorge with a drop of 170 m. The river flow is torrential, and its roar can be heard miles away. It is one of the world’s deepest gorges. The narrowest part of the channel is slightly more than 30 m wide. A local legend states that in the past, a tiger from the mountains jumped to the opposite bank, which is why this gorge is called Hutiao (Leaping Tiger) Gorge. The gorge contains abundant rock pillars, 21 shoals with...
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