LijiangTiger Leaping Gorge near Lijiang is one of the largest canyons in the world, 3,900m from highest point to the Jinsa river with 18 boiling rapids.
The 13 peaks of Jade Dragon Mountain resemble pillars of jade holding up the sky. The summit of Mt. Fan, the main peak, is annually snow-capped, resembliing a crystalline jade dragon.
Streams run through the ancient town of Lijiang. Having no walls, the surrounding mountains served as its fortress. The area is home to the Naxi people and the Dongba culture with its own forms of painting, music and dance.
Jewels of the Mekong
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