Napa Hai Nature Reserve, Shangri-La County

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#5 of 26 in Wildlife in Yunnan
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Napa Hai Nature Reserve by using our Shangri-La County trip itinerary planning website .
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  • This is a huge lake that when it is sunny must be breathtaking! It is a worthwhile trip to see when it isn’t raining.  more »
  • The Pahai nature Conservation Area is located in the northwestern part of Shangri-La County, where the scenery is super beautiful and can stay for 2-3 hours. But hiking is the right choice.
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  • If you're looking for shopping centres, stay in the city. If you're looking for quiet and beauty, make the effort to visit. The lake doesn't have to be full of water or the grasslands filled with flow...  more »

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Where to stay in Shangri-La County

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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