Monday, January 16, the 20 Hours newscast sets off to discover an exceptional site in China: the Tiger Leaping Gorge. It is one of the deepest canyons in the world, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On the counter-rivers of the Himalayas lies one of the deepest canyons on earth. This is the Tiger Leaping Gorge. To discover it, you have to venture into vertiginous paths. “When I look down too long, it’s a little scary, it’s really intimidating,” says a tourist. The canyon takes its name from a legend. A tiger would have managed to jump from one mountain to another. To contemplate the site classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you have to climb a minimum of 13 hours of walking.
A site dear to the Naxi culture
Along the way, Li Rong, a muleteer, walks his mule in search of tourists. A young woman decides to climb on the animal, exhausted by the climb of the steps. At 25 euros per trip, this income is essential for the farmer. In the mountains, a family has transformed their farm into an inn to welcome tourists. The Naxi are very proud of their tradition and especially of their 1,000 year old alphabet. According to legend, the Naxi culture was born a few kilometers from the Tiger Leaping Gorge.