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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Chinese: 虎跳峡; pinyin: Hǔtio Xi) is a canyon on the Yangtze River locally called the Golden Sands River (金沙江; Jīnshā Jiāng) located 60 km north of Lijiang City, Yunnan in southwestern China.

Around 15 km in length, the gorge was formed where the river passed between 5,590 m Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙山; Ylng Shān) and 5,396 m Haba Mountain (哈巴山; Hābā Shān) in a series of rapids under steep 2000 m cliffs. Legend says that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 m wide), hence the name.

Tiger Leaping Gorge is a contender for the world's deepest river canyon, depending on the exact definition used. The inhabitants of the gorge are primarily the indigenous Naxi people, who live in a handful of small hamlets. Their primary subsistence comes from grain production and foreign hikers. The gorge is not considered navigable. In the early 1980s, four rafters attempted to go down the gorge and were never seen again. In 1986, the first known successful attempt to sail through the gorge was made by the first expedition to float down the entire length of the Yangtze, starting at the river's high source at the Gelandandong glacier lake.

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