At a maximum depth of approximately 3790 meters (12434 feet) from river to mountain peak, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world. It is about 30km long and normally getting from one end to another takes two days.
There are two routes leading through the gorge: lower one (easy) which is not that beautiful since it runs all the time on the tarmac road and the higher one (difficult) which takes one right to the top of the mountains. The views from the second one are absolutely fantastic but one has to pay quite high price for them, since trekking is really exhausting.
Ya Cha Village located at 2000m is one of the few places in Tiger Leaping Gorge, where after negotiating 28 bends one can get some water or food before continuing trekking to the Middle Gorge. The village is very small and its inhabitants live mostly from farming or supplying tourists with accommodation.
This picture was taken from the path leading down after reaching the highest point in the gorge. I was extremely tired but this view was truly rewarding. We did not stay overnight there, but had few minutes well deserved rest anyway.
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PaulVDV (29167) 2014-02-11 11:26
When I was in China I heard a lot of the Tiger Leaping Gorge but I haven't seen pictures of it.
The landscape you show here is really amazing. A very pretty foreground with the very green fertile terraces, then the steep mountain slopes and on the horizon the sharp high peaks!
You've captured this under a beautiful blue sky and with an excellent luminosity as far as we can see.
Very good composition and sharpness.
A stunning view!
Best regards, Paul
dta (78558) 2014-02-11 11:31
Hello Kamila ,
From the green terraces fields in the FG , toawrds the high towering peaks in the BG , passing by the arid slopes , this view is really fantastic . The light was not easy to manage . You've done it very well .
mesutilgim (95380) 2014-02-11 11:32
Hello dear Kamila,
We are leraning the beauties of China through your eyes and lens.
This capture is also very good with it's pov and layout.
Again many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-02-11 11:39
beautiful landscape with excellent exposure, lovely colours and a great focal point. Informative note. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice evening.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-02-11 11:52
takie widoki ciesza oczy,super wygladaja te szczyty w glebi,doskonala kolorystyka i dobry kadr,pozdrawiam
ktanska (27862) 2014-02-11 12:04
An absolutely beautiful place. I like the zones of different colours from fresh green terraces to drier slopes, bare mountain tops and blue sky. It is easy to believe how hard to reach that place is.
Silvio1953 (144416) 2014-02-11 13:14
Ciao Kamila, great view of lovely olace, fascinating mountain landscapoe, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-02-11 14:06
kolejne piekne miejsce i kolejny super kadr!
Wawoz jest naprawde malowniczy,do tego rowniez sloneczna aura pomogla ci w stworzeniu tak przyjemnej kolorystyki.
lousat (92050) 2014-02-11 14:28
Hi Kamila,fantastic view from this very high POV,i like a lot the contrast between the fresh green and the other warm colors in background,great light and perfect exposure of all the different prospect levels,very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
saxo042 (37888) 2014-02-11 14:53
The colours changes beautifully in this picture, from a light green at the closer part of the view to a cold blue along the distant mountains. A beautiful panorama and very good capture. Marvellous!
carlo62 (49225) 2014-02-11 15:30
complimenti per il lavoro svolto, ci stai mostrando una Cina molto particolare, diversa dll'immaginario comune, che va oltre la Grande Muraglia o Pechino.
Molto bello questo taglio verticale, che parte dalla pianura per arrivare fino alle vette più appuntite.
Ottima luce e bei dettagli.
npecanhuk (75502) 2014-02-11 17:10
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, black & white borders, chosen pov and compositon are all outstanding photo qualities!
The details of the menacing high peaks contrast so nicely with the calmness of the fields and houses!
TFS - congrats,
Corry (4508) 2014-02-11 20:18
Très belle perspective sur ce magnifique paysage depuis les champs de verdure jusqu'au sommet des hautes montagnes. Beaux contrastes de couleurs. Note intéressante. Très bien fait.
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-02-11 20:41
oh wow...what an idyllic place this place is.love the 3 distinct color and nature bands.great pov.
HimalAnda (10669) 2014-02-11 23:20
Congratulations for this beautiful and impressive picture!
The vertical format is the good choice: it allows us to see the different frames in the picture (the green fields and the house, the brown hills in the middle, and then the impressive range of mountains in the background).
The depth of field is perfectly managed, too.
emka (98830) 2014-02-11 23:33
IOdbyłaś ciekawą podróż po Chinach. czy podróżowałąś samodzielnie, czy z jakąś zorganizowana grupą? Slyszałam o tym o wąwozie, ale tam nie dotarłam. Zunnan to dla mnie najpiekniejsza część Chin. Zapewne byłaś tez w Lijiang.
Ten widok zapiera dech. Piekne ryzowe pola i te góry... cudowne zdjęcie.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-02-11 23:34
Somptueuse photo de ce fantastique paysage du Yunnan. Jolie composition et belle maîtrise de la lumière.
holmertz (53510) 2014-02-12 2:06
You found another extraordinary scenery and made a stunning photo. Every part is beautiful, from the green and pleasant farming area in the lower part through the diagonals created by the mountainsides, right up to the sharp, snow-covered peaks in the distance and the bright blue sky. What an amazing place this is.
cornejo (42959) 2014-02-12 4:30
Hi Kamila, very good view of this beautiful valley landscape with mountains in the background, very well captured in this great and beautiful picture. Interesting picture with good sharpness, depth and quality. Nice good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing.
Good afternoon and happy rest of the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-12 4:37
foto straordinarie pe run viaggio altrettanto straordinario.
La Cina è sempre stato il sogno della mia vita e vedere una bella serie di foto queli quelle che tu proponi mi convince sempre più che sia una meta imperdibile.
In questa particolarmente bella nella composizione la contrapposizione tra la roccia nuida delle aspre montagne e il terreno terrazzato nella parte bassa.
Colori e nitidezza impeccabili
Ciao e buona giornata
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-12 6:02
What a fabulous name for this idyllic looking place. The sense of depth in this shot is amazing and the scenery just captivating. A quality and execution are flawless and the result a stunningly beautiful presentation. Love it!
Thanks for your recent comments on my latest postings. I still cannot access the forums or discussions so sorry for not responding to your recent statement about my Bridge Sunset shot. I wasn't able to read it unfortunately. But a BIG thank-you. B X.
Sergiom (80746) 2014-02-12 6:25
Quel superbe cadrage vertical.Tu réussis à inclure dans l'image le fond de la vallée et le sommet des montagnes enneigées. L'ensemble profite d'une luminosité exceptionnelle et est d'une très grande netteté.
claudeD (39267) 2014-02-12 7:07
wonderful picture from China showing this amazing landscape under perfect colors and sharpness. Very good light managment.I like the view very much.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
ikeharel (72191) 2014-02-12 8:46
Good evening Kamila,
a well taken photo, from the green slop and terraces in FG, through the ridges and troughs, to the height of the mountains needle shrp tops.
Impressive landscape, and no less intriguing shot.
Cheers for a wonderful nature pic.
adramad (46028) 2014-02-12 9:51
Superb image, which has all the ingredients to be an unforgettable image, the charm of these fields, well kept in the foreground, next to the charming house, some initial slopes of the nearby mountains, with accused earrings and some woodland and the closing of this spectacular image, impressive peaks, with their snow-capped peaks. A fascinating image.
Excellent lighting and sharpness, giving an image with rich hues.
Well done. I love it.
Have a good day.
Sonata11 (33863) 2014-02-12 10:05
Twoja galeria jest naprawde imponujaca. Pieknie wykonujesz zdjecia ktore rzucaja sie w oko. Piekna kompozycja wraz z kolorystyka. Jest na co popatrzec. Moje gratulacje. Bardzo mi sie podoba takze w pionowym formacie gdzie mozna nacieszyc sie widokiem tych wspanialych wysokich gor. Gratulacje.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-02-12 10:10
a spectacular view, great choice of vertical to show a nice perspective, fabulous colors and a sense of tranquility!!
ourania (46320) 2014-02-12 10:22
only a few minutes rest in front of this magnificent view, it's great you took such a gorgeous picture of it to keep the memory and also to share with viewers from around the world who might have never heard of this place (me, for instance:) You made the most of the vertical frame, filling it with natural rhythm, lovely light and colours, guiding the viewer's glance to the mysterious village below and then upwards, through the mountains. The valley looks brilliant and clear, the misty mountains are so suggestive. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
photoray (13981) 2014-02-12 10:30
Attractive vertical view of Tiger Leaping Gorge with the farm terraces in the foreground, then the mountain layers continuing upwards into the heavens. Fine vision of Nature's temples.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-02-12 11:39
This is super looking up and down this fantastic Tiger Leaping Gorge, you sure get the scale of this place with the houses in the valley and the enormous mountains.
Great Pov, splendid colours and super presentation.
abmdsudi (54595) 2014-02-12 19:46
A fine mountain landscape depicting its surroundings and well captured background topping out at well over 2000m. A nice composition with good scale and lead in
Here the patches of green create an eye catching contrast packed with detail in wonderful colours at this lofty heights under the open blue sky. So nice to see a shot from a completely different part of the world. Indeed a grand work, Congrats
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-02-13 2:00
another nice composition here. You got your frame superbly with a nice tightness. I like the layers of it. Like those snow capped mountains... Like the greeneries of step farming land. Excellent composition. Tfs
mirosu (16265) 2014-02-13 4:11
You have an excellent eye for superb photographs. Thi is a marvellous photo. The perfectly lit hous group is a very good focal point of this photo. There is a great use of depth of field to hold the viewer in the foreground green fields and houses as well as majestic mountains in BG, and the excellent lighting conditions have allowed for very good color saturation. The overall impact is very strong.
Very well done.
ChrisJ (114689) 2014-02-13 4:27
Nice to see what I missed. I have been to Old Dali twice and Lijiang once but had a flight to Chiang Mai both times so was pressed for time. Looks magnificent! Good choice of a vertical format to emphasise and accentuate the height of the jagged mountains. Tfs!
yquem46 (38752) 2014-02-13 5:03
An impressive landscape with this large panel of colors
luminous and well composed from the green rice paddy at FG to the brown hills and the high rocky mountains at BG under a blue sky
bravo, best regards
Nicou (143158) 2014-02-13 5:32
quelle image avec ces belle montagnes en fond qui se découpent, le maison dan sle graphisme de champs vert quelle compo superbe.
Bravo et amitié
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-13 6:51
Love the 3 layers that you so successfully captured in a single frame. From the lush green fields to the snow covered peaks with the rugged brown ridge in between. Good for you to have traveled to this spectacular place in a remote and not so well known country like China. Truly spectacular shot in all aspects. Thanks for sharing.
BennyV (17198) 2014-02-13 9:48
A superb view of a part of China I've yet to visit. It's such a vast and wonderful country to explore...
Great scene, well captured.
jcpix (13930) 2014-02-13 17:52
Whoa, somehow I let this one slip past me!? What a wonderful range of natural colors, the transition from top to bottom is outstanding! And making it even more forceful is your composition and choice of vertical format, highlighting the high altitude and rugged nature of the mountains. Not only that, but the depth is well perceived also with the layering of ridges. And to top it off, the sense of scale is distinct by including the small grouping from the village. Impressive view over the landscape, Thanks for taking us along. :) Enjoy the weekend ahead.
Graal (102928) 2014-02-14 1:57
przepiekny widok, nie dziwie sie wiec duzej ilosci wpisow. Ja tez sie dolaczam do zachwytow. Niezwykla przyroda. Dobry POV i pionowy kadr.
macjake (68480) 2014-02-14 11:43
its easy to see why many TE'rs are enjoying this photo.
I wish I could have been there to enjoy the view for myself!
the angled sharp diagonals really work well in unicen here, and the faded bg mountains are spectacular.
what can i say? wonderful photo log from China.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-02-15 0:27
wonderful panorama and colors, great mountains in bg.
mkamionka (37231) 2014-02-17 4:56
zastanawialem sie czy to Zakopane czy China ale tarasy ryzowe mnie ostatecznie przekonaly :)
Znakomita kompozycja z interesujacym pierwszym planem -bardzo przykuwajaca uwage soczysta zielen. Potem dwie diagonal I ciekawie postrzepione pasmo gorskie pomiedzy nimi.
Rzeczywiscie zapiera dech w piersiach.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-02-18 7:49
Even with the tall mountains this place look romantic and peaceful. The vertical format worked well with the composition. Good pov and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
josepmarin (58359) 2014-02-19 2:43
I like a lot the a bit foggy background, where these majestic mountains stand out elegantly, providing a nice field depth into the composition.
But the fields and houses in a well lit foreground, completes a beautiful and bucolic ensemble, in a very sharp image, with a great light and a fantastic colors. An excellent work.
Cricri (120143) 2014-02-19 10:24
Une autre beauté de ton séjour en Chine, bon format et merveilleuse diversité des couleurs et du paysage, magnifique présentation
batalay (38943) 2014-02-28 11:35
The scenery is spectacular, and you have presented it with wonderful depth of field, and excellent composition. The peaks make a regular jagged tooth saw pattern, with your not giving perspective to geological wonder that I did not even know existed. Have a good weekend,
tulipan7 (798) 2014-03-01 4:41
This is an amazing photo Kamila... With so many vertical levels it's seems like it's going on forever... You have everything here - human presence and breathtaking nature scenery as well as green fields and snow-capped mountain tops... Great sharpness and great point of view... Thanks for sharing, I love it...
annjackman (21899) 2014-03-01 5:10
This is a stunning landscape with exceptional detail and captivating colours. The diagonals in the landscape recede into the distance giving a lovely layered effect.
Kind Regards, Ann.
adores (45637) 2014-03-08 15:31
I've never been to this region but I know it's really worth a visit. Amazing landscape! I like the foreground with the little houses and the terraces leading our eyes to all those mountains in background. Seems far away from everything! Great light and colours! I like the format you have chosen!
federico (3961) 2014-03-15 13:13
hello Kamila, very nice photo, I like the vertical composition ,the clarity of the image and of course the mountaun in the backgound, tiger leaping gorge brings me very nice remembers, I spent a couple of days trekking there with a friend, the views are really amazing, one of the best in whole Asia
pierrefonds (66903) 2014-03-18 18:41
The distance between the field and the mountains is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the détails and the colours of the mountains. The good luminosity is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.
tatadalou (7459) 2014-03-29 5:58
What a stunning landscape ! Nice composition that permits to see the various grounds, from the village and the terraces to the high summits. That's simply wonderful.
baclama (18832) 2014-04-19 11:47
encore une photo de Chine comme on ne se l'imagine pas....
kwekwekan (1078) 2014-04-19 13:53
Glad you decided to go for the difficult route - the view is simply spectacular. The vertical format was a great choice as there is a beautiful layering effect that perfectly showcase all the different levels of the gorge. Great light and clarity as well.
ricardomattos (7101) 2014-04-30 16:30
Very impressive view of this place. Lovely colors and an excellent composition with all these mountains and those houses in the middle of green.
PiotrF (18156) 2014-06-02 14:33
Piekne tarasy z pierwszego planu wprowadzaja wglab kadru, gdzie wzrok zatrzymuje sie na strzelistych turniach. Super miejsce, dobra realizacja.
Oceania (5202) 2014-06-19 6:38
Haven't seen you posting picture for a while. Your pictures are very popular and welcome here on TE. Please continue your China Theme or pictures from other places you visited.
Have a nice day.
- Copyright: Kamila Zadora (Kamilutka) (8107)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-07
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): China [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-11 11:19