The Hutiaoxia (Leaping Tiger) Gorge is located in Henduan Mountain region of Yunnan province in the south-west (Map 13.1). This part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in southwest China includes east Tibet, west Sichuan and north-west Yunnan, and is bounded on the west by Burma. It is transitional between this plateau and the lower Yunnan-Guizhou Plateaux (Zhang 1992), as well as the eastern end of the Himalayas (Ives & Messerli, 1990). A number of large rivers cross the region, including the Salween, the Mekong, and the Jinsha (the upper Yangtze). The last runs across the region from the north-west before turning abruptly to the north-east to enter the gorge proper in its middle reaches.
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