A trip to Nujiang Grand Canyon

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					Located in the deep west of Yunnan Province, Nujiang is one of the most important rivers in southwest

Flowing from north to south with a total length of 2,800 kilometers, it covers a drainage area
of more than 300,000 square kilometers.

With a huge water discharge, the torrents of Nujiang pour down in a never-ending waterfall, carving
out one of the world's most outstanding gorges, the Nujiang Grand Canyon.

In today's show, let's follow our guide Da Min to the canyon to enjoy the spectacular natural scenery
and rich ethnic culture there.

What you are hearing now is one of the toasting songs of the Lisu ethnic group. As one of China's
ethnic minorities, most Lisu people live in the Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in the
northwestern part of Yunnan Province.

Besides the Lisu, there are at least 10 other ethnic groups living in this prefecture, including
the Nu, Dulong, Han, Pumi and Tibetan groups. Collectively, they make up 92 percent of the
prefecture's total population.

Covering an area of about 14,000 square meters, the Nujiang Lisu Prefecture is located in the valley
of the Hengduan Mountains in northwest Yunnan. Rushing rivers, including Nujiang River, Lancang
River, Dulong River and several others cover much of this territory. Actually, the charming scenery
of the Nujiang Grand Canyon is unknown to many due to its remoteness, making it more mysterious
than other natural spots.

Local resident Chen Jun introduces tourists to his hometown.

"The scenery in my hometown is extremely beautiful and the people here are all very kind and
hospitable. We believe the natural beauty of Nujiang River lies in the fact that all the sights
are created by natural forces rather than man-made ones."

Zhao Wensheng works at the tourism bureau in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture.

"The Nujiang Grand Canyon is like a book which reveals the human and natural history of the area
and from which you get different inspirations through different perspectives."

Nujiang Grand Canyon boasts dozens of extraordinary natural wonders, among which the "Stone Moon"
scenic spot is the most fantastic.

Atop the Gaoligong Mountain is a big round cave that from afar looks like a full moon hanging in
the sky among the verdant mountains. Through the cave, you can faintly see the entirely imaginary

During war with Japan in the 1930s, when the General of "Flying Tigers" Claire Chennault and his
pilots were performing in the air without the ground-based navigation, they used the "Stone Moon"
as a key landmark in navigating.
Because of this significant friendship history between China and the United States, the "Stone
Moon" wonder is endowed with its special meaning.

With a total length of 3,200 meters, the Nujiang River, originating from the south foot of Tangula
Mountains, Qinghai Province, is flowing through Tibet and Yunnan, across the border to Myanmar
and finally into the Indian Ocean.

In winter, usually, most of the steams are slowly flowing along. However, only in the "Tiger Leaping"
Gorge, you can see the rapid torrents falling down from high cliffs with imposing power. The roaring
river water and sparkling waterfall make travelers feel as if human and nature are merging into

The name "Tiger Leaping Gorge" comes from a beautiful legend.

It is said that in ancient times, an evil witch cast a spell on a prince to change him into a tiger.
Still, the prince never stopped thinking of his dream girl. One day, he risked his life and jumped
down from a high mountain onto the riverbank where the girl lived. The God was deeply touched by
his sincerity and changed him back. From then on, the prince and his dream girl lived happily ever

Because of the high mountains and fast flowing rivers, there is no bridge connecting the two sides
of the river, only iron chains.

In recent years, the use of such chains has become quite common.

Furthermore, this dangerous and thrilling way to cross the river has been included in regular tour
packages for adventure travelers. If you have enough courage, you can slide across to the opposite
bank with the help of the local people.

Liu Xiaomei is a tourist from Beijing.

"When I fastened my safety belt at the beginning, I was a little bit scared. When sliding for more
than 10 meters, I didn't feel frightened at all. I really enjoy the exciting experience in Nujiang,
which definitely deserves its reputation."

No matter where you are in Nujiang, the river is always in sight. A varying current runs through
it between the mountains.

Enclosed by cliffs on both sides most of the time, the river empties into a big semicircle bay
in Dala, called the "Nujiang First Bay."

To some extent, the real appeal of Nujiang for tourists is the river, which is thundering and swift
in summer and autumn, and pure and calm in spring and winter.

Li Wanlin is part of the management team at the Nujiang scenic area.

"Nujiang Bay is characterized by its U-shape from west to east, where a small island forms. When
the sun comes out on the horizon, the cloud-enshrouded village and houses are all in blurry shapes.
It's very beautiful, indeed."

In the north part of Bingzhongluo, Gaoligong Mountain and Biluo Snow Mountain huddle together on
both sides of the river. Their steep cliffs extend to great heights. Here you can see a great Shimen
clearance more than 500 meters high and about 200 meters wide. Local people call it "Nayiqiang"
which means that even God has to make great effort to get through it.

Li Wanlin describes the Shimen clearance.

"The Shimen clearance is very magnificent and imposing. All the cliffs are all over 500 meters
high. It can be seen as a huge gate from a distance, and it is also the major route for entering

Bing-zhong-luo, regarded as "a haven of peace," has the most diverse natural sights in Nujiang
region. At the foot of the mountains covered with snow year-round, crops are neatly arranged and
promise a good harvest.

The steel-gray stone houses with smoke spiraling from their chimneys contrast pleasantly with the
green and yellow crops and snow-white mountains. Such tranquil and idyllic scenery attracts numerous
tourists who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

A dozen years ago, a tourist from Guangzhou came to visit Bing-zhong-luo and was received warmly
by a local woman. The picturesque scenery and hospitable people left him with a deep impression.
After he left, he described his wonderful experiences in Bing-zhong-luo and highly praised the
local people in comments he published online.

By word of mouth, Bing-zhong-luo has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in China.
It now attracts increasing numbers of tourists from more than 10 countries, including the United
States, Japan and Germany.

To make the tourists feel at home, the local ethnic people play host by offering good wine and
signing toasting songs.

"This song depicts the happiness and merriment when local people welcome guests to visit their
homes. They dance and sing songs to show their excitement."

Apart from the scenic spots mentioned above, there are also 20-some mountains that are more than
4,000 meters high in Nujiang Canyon.

The area's distinct vegetation and other flora stretch from the base of the mountains to their
peaks. The canyon's scenery has no equivalent elsewhere on earth. It is extremely narrow and
dangerous with its precipitous mountains and thundering water, and quite charming with its colorful
ethnic customs.

Source: CRI

Source: CRI

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