Who Tee-Ow Shah is the sonorous Chinese name of the Tiger Leaping Gorge that is located around 100 kilometres from the town of Zhongdian, the gateway to Tibet.
This impressive mountain kingdom is not only important due to its scenery but also to its history, as once a legendary battle took place in this region. In the 16th century, an army of Han Chinese and Naxi defeated an army from Tibet. It is believed that almost 200,000 soldiers were killed in the battle.
The mighty cliffs of Tiger Leaping Gorge are 3,000 metres high and they form one of the deepest canyons in the world, with a length of around 15 kilometres.
The impressive vegetation of the region is also quite eye-catching and more than 300 medicinal plants grow there.
The highlight of any visit is the 'Golden Sand River', the Jinsha, the Canyon’s most narrow point where the water flows between rock cliffs that are 1,000 metres high and where the view is simply breathtaking.
The Jinsha River and the Tiger Leaping Gorge, together they create a beautiful and inspiring sight that is also full of adventure and excitement.