Transport to Tiger Leaping Gorge
Minibuses from the New Bus Station in Lijiang leave regularly for Qiaotou (桥头) in the morning and early afternoon. The 90km journey (the road takes a roundabout route) takes about 2.5 hours and costs around ¥25. The buses stop right at the ticket office (outside Margo’s Gorged Tiger Cafe).
Buses to Zhongdian (Shangri-La) stop at Qiaotou on the way. The last bus to Zhongdian (中甸) leaves Lijiang at 5:30pm. If you’re coming from Zhongdian, buses to Lijiang will stop at Qiaotou.
Leaving from Qiaotou, you should be able to pick up a bus in either direction (to Lijiang or Zhongdian). But in the late afternoon they can be infrequent. The alternative is to group together with other people and hire a minivan back to Lijiang (a number of minivan drivers lurk not far from Margo’s). Aim to bargain them down to a price of ¥200 for the whole minivan, though you will probably have to pay more.