Li Ming, Yunnan

Throw Zion, Squamish, and Indian Creek together and put them in the foothills of the Himalaya on the border of Tibet, China, and Burma. This is Li Ming. Translated as “dawn”, The town itself experiences three sunrises by legend and inspired the name.

Li Ming Town, photo: Darryl Kralovic
Li Ming Town, photo: Darryl Kralovic

Rock Climbing started here in 2010 when myself and Austin Stringham established the first route, a 5.9 handcrack called Soul’s Awakening. This started a series of adventures and valiant efforts and expeditions to get it to where it is today. Nowadays there are over 300 established pitches of climbing, became the birthplace of Chinese trad climbing, and has routes as hard as 5.13+ and even harder projects.

Li Mings West Valley. Showing Pandora and Lisu Climbing areas. Photo: Garrett Bradley
Li Mings West Valley. Showing Pandora and Lisu Climbing areas. Photo: Garrett Bradley

Recently the climbing style has been compared to Indian Creek. But that is not entirely accurate. It has splitters, aretes, bouldery cruxes, and even some slab. And you can even get all this variety in one pitch!

Mike Dobie works the thin finger section on the first free ascent of The Last Ninja (5.12) in Liming, China.
Mike Dobie works the thin finger section on the first free ascent of The Last Ninja (5.12) in Liming, China. Photo: Garrett Bradley
Chinese Climber YangFan on Japanese CowBoy 5.12+ Photo: Garrett Bradley
Chinese Climber YangFan on Japanese CowBoy 5.12+ Photo: Garrett Bradley
Mixed protection routes
Mixed protection routes Photo: Logan Barber
Mike Dobie onThe Iron Tusk 5.13- Photo: Edward Geott
Mike Dobie onThe Iron Tusk 5.13- Photo: Edward Geott

The area is huge. There are two main valley where we have been developing rock climbing over the past half decade. And there is lots more.

South Valley
South Valley
Thousand Turtle Mountain. Photo: Daniel Hirata
Thousand Turtle Mountain. Photo: Daniel Hirata

The trip reports in this section help describe the history and some of the story of rock climbing here. Also important sends in the history of free climbing. Either click on the links below or select them from the drop down menu.

The guidebook is available for purchase here.

Trip Reports

2010

2011

2012

2013 coming soon

2014 coming soon

2015 coming soon

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