According to legend, once a hunter chased a Tiger through the gorge. When the Tiger was exhausted and resting at the river bank with the hunter at its heels, he had to make a decision: either being killed by a bullet or take his chance attempting to cross the river by a gigantic leap. He chose to jump where the river seemed most narrow and miraculously reached the opposite bank.
The UNESCO world heritage site of Lijiang served us as a base for having some well deserved resting and relaxation time the next day, before heading to some of the old town bars in the evening. And we certainly needed it: the coming days were some of the most demanding ones on the tour. Riding the no man´s land between Lijiang and Lugu Lake means long riding days, again high altitude and often tough weather.
Lugu Lake is an alpine lake located on 2,700 meters altitude, half of the lake belongs to Yunnan province, the other half to Sichuan. The ethnic minority who is living here is called Mosuo, they follow Tibetan Buddhism and have a unique matriarchal society structure: one of the very last ones on earth.