Jade Dragon Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge are not just the boisterous names of natural landmarks tucked away somewhere deep in Yunnan territory. These are places to which you must be taken, because you just plain won’t find them on your own. Hopefully more people can come to know the masterpieces Mother Nature has created in China through these photos.
|Jade Dragon Mountain as seen from a park in Lijiang|
The landscapes just keep on coming…
|One of the few people left who can write the Naxi language|
We didn’t change our vehicle or our driver, but at some point the day changed, along the way we picked up a new guide and somehow we ended up in the Tiger Leaping Gorge, where the Yangtze River itself flowed right through.
|For the lazy and impaired|
So how did the Gorge receive its name? One theory is that it has to with a legend about two tigers – male and female – who had been separated by the Yangtze River and had to cross it or otherwise only ever look upon each other. Thankfully, they found a large rock they could use as a platform, and two five-meter jumps had the male on the other side, with his beloved.
On the way to Shangri-La we experienced a tiny bit of the misrule in these forgotten regions.
An old man tried to jump under our van, and was then joined by a monk and a company of villagers armed with cleavers. They promptly started negotiating the price our driver would have to pay for this entire deal. Have you ever experienced anything like this? We watched the entire ordeal from the back of the bus and wondered if the police had ever heard of this place and how we’d fare in any such negotiations, had we ourselves been driving the van…
Our guide and driver dismissed this mishap as a mere and ordinary annoyance, so we kept on, 1000 yuans poorer and with yet another interesting story to share. The Tibetan culture is slowly enriching the landscape with its colourfulness.
This article was brought to you in English by Nick Kotsev.