Pudacuo National Park

Pudacuo National Park Shangri-la Yunnan
Nestled in the mountains between Tibet and Yunnan, the Pudacuo National Park is a unique natural treasure with a large variety of plants and animals. The lakes of Bita and Shudu are a paradise for hikers. With yaks and sheep grazing in the surrounding plains, the scene is just like a charming dream of natural landscapes.

A Natural Park with Rich Species

This huge park of about fifty kilometers north of Shangri-La is one of the most beautiful forests in China. The park is listed in the UNESCO as a region that requires protection of plants and animals. Indeed, in this park, there are nearly a third of the country's wildlife. Nearly a hundred species sheltering in the park are also in danger of extinction. Suffice it to say that the preservation of this park is of the utmost importance. The government is involved in this protection by prohibiting the entry of vehicles in the entire park. Thus, one must take ecological minibus in this site. In this idyllic setting, the hiking trails sink into a virgin forest where animals live in the wild.

Bita Lake

Bita Lake blends perfectly into the lush Pudacuo landscape. On the plain, the emerald lake is lined with pine trees and cypresses. The island in the middle of Bita Lake is covered with cedars and azaleas. May is the perfect time to visit and admire the lake. In addition, during this season, azalea petals fall to the surface of the water and are eaten by fish in the lake. So, fish begin to float to the surface of the water and offer their bellies to the sun. This exceptional show is called “Drunk Fish by Azaleas”. To describe the incomparable beauty of Bita Lake, a legend is often repeated. The mirror of a woman fairy would be broken and the pieces spread on earth. One of them became the Bita Lake.

Shudu Lake of Pudacuo National Park

20 kilometers away from Bita Lake, the Shudu Lake is also a great attraction in the Pudacuo nature reserve. This lake is the largest lake in the region of Shangri-la and one of the highest. Indeed, it is more than 3,700 meters above sea level and is pasture worth appreciating. In this enchanting landscape, yaks and sheep graze at the banks of the lake in spring and summer.

Xiaji Tibetan Village

Just 8 miles away from Shangri-la, the small village of Xiaji is worth visiting on your way back. Twenty Tibetan families living this village welcome foreigners, as they share their culture, customs, food, music and festivals. Artisans reveal the secrets of their pottery, Thangkas, sculptures and yak bone products as well. It is a perfect stop after spending day around the remarkable Bita and Shudu lakes.

  • Best time to visit

    Apr. May. Jun. Sep. Oct. Nov. 
  • Altitude

    3 200M Altitude Pudacuo National Park
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    Stone Forest

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    Western Hills

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    Birds and Flowers Market

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    Yunnan Nationalities Village

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    Zhang Family's Garden

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    Dongchuan Red Land

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    Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden

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    Wangtianshu Tropical Park

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    Wild Elephant Valley in Xishuangbanna

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    Napa Hai Nature Reserve

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    White Water Terraces

  • visit Ancient Town of Dukezong

    Ancient Town of Dukezong

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    Tibetan Family Visit

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    Baisha Village

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    Shuhe Ancient Town

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    Impression Lijiang

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    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

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    Tuanshan historic village

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    Jianshui ancient town

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    Yuanyang Rice Terraces

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    Yunnan Mile red winery

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    Puzhehei Scenic Area

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    Yuanmou Earth Forest

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    Jinma Biji historic site

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    Lugu Lake in Lijiang

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    Black Dragon Pond