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  1. Pudacuo National Park,Shangri-la

  2. Pudacuo National Park,Shangri-la

  3. Pudacuo National Park,Shangri-la

Key Words:the first national park in China

Location:About 13.5 miles (22km) southwest and 40 minutes’ drive from Shangri-la downtown area

Coverage:over 500 square kilometers.


Located in Shangri-la County one of the most bio-diverse regions in China’s Yunnan Province, Pudacuo National Park is the first national park on the Chinese mainland which was announced on June 25, 2007. Covering an area of 500 square meters Pudacuo National Park consists of the Bita Lake Nature Reserve and the Duhu Scenic Area in the Hongshan region. The term “Pudacuo” usually refers to the original Tibetan name for Bita Lake where visitors can have a view of an isle called Mandala or Mantuluo. The term also carries the meaning of an unearthly world without pollution and noise.



With its crystal-clear lakes, undulating mountains and gurgling streams, Pudacuo National Park is definitely a wonderful natural wonderland. Among China’s 2,500 nature reserves, Pudacuo is the only one meets the standards for national parks established by The World Conservation Union. In addition to its rare vegetation and mammal species, the stunning natural beauty of landscape is unmissable for visitors as well.

Bita Lake

Bita Lake, lying in the heart of Pudacuo National Park is crowned as a pearl of the Plateau with an average depth of 20 meters. Being 3 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide, Bita Lake sits on an altitude of 3,530 meters. As legends told, the lake was said to be incarnated from a piece of mirror belonged to a Goddess when she attempted to mend the sky. A small wooden island serving as a shelter for a variety of rare species of birds was built in the center of the lake.

Bita Lake

Shudu Lake

Shudu Lake as one of the biggest lakes in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is 3,705 meters above the sea level. Covering an area of 15 square kilometers, the lake is renowned for its stunning natural sceneries especially in every spring and summer. Visitors here can hear the sound of flute, see herds of yak and goat grazing beside the lake.

Shudu Lake

Militang Pasture

The area between the Bita Lake and Shudu Lake is the Militang Pasture which is the largest pastureland in Pudacuo National Park. Militang Pasture is dotted with yaks and cabbage-like grass. The term Militang in Tibetan refers to “the Buddha’s eye” because of its eye-shaped appearance from a bird’s view angle.


Tours including Pudacuo National Park

7Days Shangri-la Highland Trekking Tour to Pudacuo National Park and Niru Village

4 Days Shangrila City Tour to Songzanlin Monastery and Pudacuo National Park Tour

5 Days Shangrila and Lijiang Highlights Tour

Fascinating Attractions Nearby

Ganden Songzanlin Monastery,Shangri-la

Being the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, Songzanlin Monastery, also known as Guihua Monastery, is one of the famous monasteries in the Kang region. It is located near Shangri -La County, at the foot of Foping Mountain.

Three Parallel Rivers Natural Reserve of Yunnan Province

These great rivers and the ecology is protected by a national park 310 km by 180 km in size. UNESCO World Heritage calls it one of the world's most biologically diverse temperate regions on the planet. Now this protected area is a site for ecotouring.

Admission Fee:¥258

Opening Hours:November 1st – March 31st: 08:00 – 16:00; April 1st-October 31st: 07:30 – 16:00

Attraction Transportation:1. By bus: Take the bus from Shangri-la Bus Station to Potatso; the bus departs at 09:30 and returns at 15:00; ticket fare is CNY 30 for a round-tip.
2. By taxi: It takes 40 minutes from Shangri-la County; a single trip costs CNY 80 and a round-trip costs CNY 150.
2. By rental car: It costs around CNY 300 for a day.

Attraction Travel Tips: 1. Shudu Lake Scenic Area has two trekking routes: One is 1.6 miles and the other is 0.3 miles. Trekking along them, one can witness the essence of the lake scenery. At the starting point of the route and near the two small lakes, there is a hiking trail leading to Militang Pasture. If you are a hiking lover and have made full preparations, you can take that route. Otherwise, you’d better turn right and walk along the previous route.
2. During the sightseeing bus ride from Militang to Bita Lake, you can ask the driver to made a detour to Sangcuoka Tourist Service Center, where buffet meals are provided.
3. Also on the way to Bita Lake, the bus will go over a mountain range, where there is a sightseeing platform. It is the best site to overview the lake and take photos.
4. There are two ways to appreciate Bita Lake:
One is trekking along the 2.5 miles long plank road. If you are energetic and eager to see the best part of the lake, it is the best way. If physically challenged, you can opt to have a cruise over the lake by boat. The boat ticket is CNY 30 per person.

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