Steep Gorge in Xinjiang
This is a response to the DP challenge of Path.
As a traveler, I have taken many paths, some less traveled, some into unknown territory and some back into history.
This path leads me from one side of the gorge to another.
On the other side, it almost goes straight into a cavern.
The picture was taken in Yunnan, China.
The two sides of the gorge was connected by a flimsy suspension structure.
This is a sequel to my last post.
This photo is more stunning than the two I posted yesterday.
The steep cliff overlooking the Yangtze River is just striking. The river level was raised due to the impounding of water by the Three Gorges dam.
Just imagine what it was like when the river was a lot lower!
This week’s DP photo challenge is Opposite.
I like hiking up the Sanqing Mountain in China.
It is a place of high mountains with contrasting views.
On both sides of a gorge, we have trees reaching out to the opposite direction as if trying to hold hands with each other.
Both sides of the gorge are steep, but one side is relatively smooth and the other side sort of rugged.
We were high up on one side of the canyon, overlooking on the other side.
This is one of the deepest canyons or gorges in the world – the Malinghe Canyon or Gorge in Yunnan, China.
Deep down under is a river flowing, near to the bottom we could see visitors walking on a path cut into the rock.
The rock face is much weathered and rugged; with a lot of weathered rock protruding beyond the canyon face.
This is one of the most interesting landscapes I have come across.
This post contains three photos.
Tiger Leaping Gorge 虎跳峽 is a scenic canyon on the Jinsha River (Golden Sands River; 金沙江; Jīnshā Jiāng), a primary tributary of the upper Yangtze River. It is located 60 kilometres north of Lijiang City, Yunnan in southwestern China. It is part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas World Heritage Site.
At a maximum depth of approximately 3790 meters from river to mountain peak, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world.
Around 15 kilometres in length, the gorge is located where the river passes between the 5,596 metres high Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the 5,396 metres high Haba Snow Mountain in a series of rapids under steep 2,000 metres cliffs.
Legend says that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 metres (82 ft) wide), hence the name.
To get a feel of the scale of the place, one has to compare the steps that lead down to a viewing platform and the gigantic boulders on the side of the river.
We were there in the Winter time, the scenery was a bit bleak and the water was not very torrential.
In fact, once passed the narrowest point, the water can be quite calm and peaceful.
We are glad to have visited such an immense and awesome place and enjoyed walking along one side of the gorge for a fair distance!