Napa Hai Nature Reserve, Shangri-La County

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Explore the unspoiled landscape of Napa Hai Nature Reserve, incorporating grassy plains, wetlands, and scenic mountain ranges. Sitting at 3,270 m (10,728.3 ft) above sea level and covering a large 66 sq km (25.4 sq mi) area, that park teems with an abundance of wildlife, from grazing animals to a variety of waterfowl and bird life. Caused by distinct seasonal changes, melt water from the surrounding mountains transforms the grasslands into a lake and wetland during the summer, attracting migratory birds of all creeds. A road circumnavigates the valley floor, providing a 35-40 km (22-25 mi) circuit for cycling or driving around. You can also explore the park on horseback, providing a great way to see the plain during the dry season. Birdwatchers should keep an eye out for the black-necked crane during the summer; one of the rarer regular visitors, it is listed as vulnerable and a revered bird in many Asiatic cultures. Our Shangri-La County vacation generator makes visiting Napa Hai Nature Reserve and other Shangri-La County attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • July 25, 2017
    To visit Napa Hai I would strongly recommend to hire a Gas moped from Yak Cafe in the Old Town of Shangrila as it gives you the freedom of seeing a lot of places around the lake as well as side roads....  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    there's a road that goes around the lake, make sure you do that route and take your time , stopping at different points. The lake is stunningly Beautiful, and the area so serene, surrounded by mountai...  more »
  • July 9, 2017
    Napa Lake is in La Prairie where there is water. Rich in grasses in the summer, cattle and sheep flocks in late June when the village of rape also opened, open natural beauty. But I prefer autumn landscape in September, to make barley under a blue sky.
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Most of the accommodations in Shangri-La County lie in the south of the main town. Centered around Guishan Park, the options here include budget hostels and hotels, and family-run guesthouses on atmospheric commercial streets. Look to the north of the main urban area for a selection of more upmarket establishments--some set in converted historic buildings, and others offering new-build luxury with pools, restaurants, and spas. The rural areas of scenic farmland north of town feature a couple of refined hotels with extensive views of the landscape that surrounds.
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