The Pudacuo National Park (普达措国家公园) is one of the most protected areas in the country. Opening just in 2007, the park has garnered a lot of attention from the locals and foreigners because of its immense natural beauty. The national park is actually very accessible since it’s located within Shangri-la and thus close to the bustling town. When you’re in the park, you can then take a walk along the many paths or save time by riding an eco-bus. It may take about a half to whole day to enjoy everything. There are many signs along the way to save as your guide.
The park is located around 3,500 meters from sea level and is composed of majestic attractions. It is very close to the Three Parallel Rivers, a UNESCO World Heritage List. One of the highlights in the area is the Shudu Lake, which is home to a unique fish known as liefuyu. The waters are simply shallow. You cannot swim in the lake, but you can observe it in the planked path.
Another kind of lake in the park is the Bita Lake, which is about 3,500 meters above sea level. It is quite deep at 40 meters. In the middle of the lake is an islet that serves as home for the many birds. In other words, the area is a great place for bird watchers. Around the lake are also many different varieties of plants and trees such as the rhododendrons. Sometimes the flowers fall into the water, poisoning the fish in the process since the plant proves to be toxic. Separating the two lakes is Militang Pasture, which is home to yaks.
Address: Shangri-la County, Diqing
Admission Fees: RMB 190
Operating Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How to Get There: Take Road 214 via bus.