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虎跳峡 & 玉龙雪山 tiger leaping gorge and jade dragon snow mountain

Some photos of five days I spent wandering through Tiger Leaping Gorge, some from the high trail, others from when I went off wandering upwards on my own little journey. This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, and I’ve been drawn to Yulong Xueshan since I saw photos of it a few years ago. It is more awe-inspiring than any words I could write, the photographs are only poor scratches in dirt beside incomprehensible immenseness, and the desire to catch a farmer’s ferry across the gorge and climb the endless peaks was almost irresistable.

damming tiger leaping gorge

Not content with trashing 600 kilometers of the Three Gorges and making a formerly spectacular terrain resemble little more than a septic tank, the world’s largest and most stupid bureaucratic oligarchy think heading upstream a bit more for a repeat performance on Tiger Leaping Gorge is a masterful stroke of governance. Dickheads.

Not that this is particularly new news, after all, China has plans to dam the crap out of every spit-trail in the country and dig enough trenches to make sure most of the water never leaves the country, and bugger every country south of the border that depends on the rivers also. But before the get their hands on Tiger Leaping Gorge, there’s the Nu River to wreck. Chinese environmentalists pretty much failed with Three Gorges, and it’s not looking good for the rest of China either

In the land where 85,000 dams have bloomed, the builders of the mammoth Three Gorges reservoir in China are poised to begin another project. The giant hydropower company plans to dam China’s famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, where the sheer cliffs of snow-crested peaks flank the thundering Jinsha River to form one of the deepest and most majestic canyons on Earth.

When rumors of the project spread last summer, a group of urban Chinese environmentalists set out for the mountains of northwestern Yunnan province, north of Burma. There they found that geologists had already drilled test bores along the Jinsha River—even though the project lacks final approval from the central government. Returning to Beijing, the fact-finders convened nine prominent environmental groups to begin campaigning against the project

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