Leaping Tiger Gorge – a legendary canyon below the Tibetan Plateau

Leaping Tiger Gorge - © Christopher Martin-9392

The Leaping Tiger Gorge is a deep canyon created by the Jinsha River whose headwaters are in the Tibetan Plateau is the upper course of the Yangtze River.  The water volume is immense and with the amount of ground carved away always runs a earthy colour.  The color is repeated with some of the ripples in the rock exposed between the water and the edge of the forest which traces a ragged line above the river.

Leaping Tiger Gorge - © Christopher Martin-9345

There is a visitor site that is interesting and allows you to descend several hundred feet down to the river level.   The legend holds that a tiger was once seen leaping across the gorge.  At a minimum distance of 82′ (25m) that would have been amazing to watch.  Being able to feel the spray off of the rapids and hear the roar of the water up close was beautiful.  I think I will remember my time in the gorge for a very long time.

Leaping Tiger Gorge - © Christopher Martin-9351

Leaping Tiger Gorge - © Christopher Martin-9406

Leaping Tiger Gorge - © Christopher Martin-9390

Vicki Alford made the excellent suggestion to include some imagery to show the river’s power.  I have included an image with a faster shutter speed taken from a viewing deck roughly halfway down the canyon.

Leaping Tiger Gorge - © Christopher Martin-9281


8 responses

  1. Wow!

    November 16, 2015 at 10:04 am

  2. Your photos are a gift! Thank you!

    November 16, 2015 at 6:04 am

  3. Drea Breann Salas

    The flow and rush of the water .
    Amazing !

    November 15, 2015 at 7:04 pm

  4. Amazing!

    November 15, 2015 at 6:33 pm

  5. Looks amazing but I’m wondering if you made any images with a faster shutter speed to show the churning water. To be honest, I find these slow shutter speeds ‘soften’ the visual sight. That’s not intended to be a criticism, merely that I, personally, would love to see the real water swirls and spray.
    If so, could you please include them in the next post.

    November 15, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    • Hi Vicki – Thank you for your email. I agree with your comment and have added an image to this post that has a short shutter speed. I think this conveys some of the power of the river as it runs through the gorge. Great idea – thank you!



      November 16, 2015 at 12:44 am

      • Thank you so much for including that extra image. I love it and am pleased to see the actual current and churning water.

        November 16, 2015 at 5:04 pm

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