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. 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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  • The Highland plains are beautiful, with lake views and farms to ride horses. When the weather is good, there is no cloud and the sunlight is strong. You can also ride your own car and feel more comfortable. However, in the plateau movement, attention should be paid to the body reaction.
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  • Had a very nice time exploring the lake. Full of wild birds on the lake with horses and yaks roaming freely. Great picture opportunity here. We paid CNY 150 for a driver to drive us around the lake on...  more »
  • This highland lake is really wonderful, there is a road circling the lake. you can trail along from many angles, from the hill, lowlands, and farms. the farms allows you to see horses, pigs and cows g...  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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