18:03 One of the deepest canyons in the world with a good path high above the Yangtze River to get away from the throbbing roar of the river and inexpensive accommodations along the way. Other deep canyons in the world such as the Grand Canyon in America don’t have cheap hotels and restaurants along inner canyon trails like this does.
Rugged country. You can have a strenuous hike if you want. The switchbacks near Leaping Tiger Gorge Town are steep and go up about a kilometer.
One of the UNESCO World Heritage natural preservation sites with rare species of animals and plants in an “ecological hotspot.”
Close to other natural and historical highlights in the UNESCO Three Parallel River World Heritage Site and Three Parallel River National Park. You can see where three of Asia’s major rivers flow close to each other.
Lijiang has interesting Naxi historical places, high-protein traditional food made with Yak dairy products and beef, and good accommodations.