Shenchuan Bridge

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Shenchuan Bridge
神川大桥
Qiaotou, Yunnan, China
361 feet high / 110 meters high
(400) foot span / (122) meter span
2004

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Located deep within the Tiger Leaping gorge of the Yangtze River, the Shenchuan arch bridge was constructed across a deep chasm carved by a cascading stream that tumbles another 100 meters down into the Yangtze River. One of the most popular tourist spots in all of western China, the area was named after a legend that the river is so narrow at the bottom of the gorge that a tiger was able to leap across it. The mountain peaks on either side of the valley rise as much as 3000 meters above river level. Hiking trails and overnight guest houses are located high up on the north side of the river canyon and cater to thousands of tourists from around the world. The bridge is located on the low path road about 10 miles (16 kms) north of Qiaotou next to Tina’s Guesthouse above the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge.


位于长江上游金沙江流域的险峻的深谷虎跳峡之上,这座新建的拱桥跨越了深深的峡谷,而峡谷则是由从数百米高处急坠而下的水流冲蚀出来,水流最终汇入长江。作为中国西部所有最著名的旅游景点之一,这一胜境是以一个传说而得名,据称长江上游这一段峡谷底部相当狭窄,一只老虎都可以才在一边的岩石上一跃而过金沙江。峡谷两侧的山峰都高耸入云达到3000米高处。徒步旅行的小径以及夜宿客店都位于河谷北岸的高处,为来自世界各地的千万游客提供便利条件。大桥坐落在一个较低位置的道路上,位于中虎跳的茶马客栈与Tina’s 之间的桥头(虎跳峡镇)北面大约10英里(16公里)处。


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Shenchuan looking upstream. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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A view looking down from the Shenchuan arch bridge to the churning waters of the great Jinshajiang. Image by John Filmer.


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Tina's Guesthouse is just a hundred meters from the highest bridge in the entire Tiger Leaping Gorge area. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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The incredible peaks near the Middle Tiger Leaping gorge where we stayed at Tina's Guesthouse. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Upstream view looking north. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Tina's Guest House. Image by John Filmer.


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The trail entrance to hike down into Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Donkeys along the trail down into Middle Tiger Leaping gorge. Image by John Filmer.


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