It's hard to choose an image that epitomises Lijiang. It's an old Chinese village that stole my heart each time I visited. It's a world heritage site, and is an exquisite combination of old architecture over trickling streams and water ways in this Venice of China.
Leaping Tiger Gorge (Hutiao Gorge) is 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Lijiang lying between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xueshan) and Haba Snow Mountain (Haba Xueshan), said to be the deepest gorge in the world. An ancient legend says that a tiger used this rock as its stepping stone so it could leap across from one side of the gorge to the other, which is how the gorge got its name.