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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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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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  • Just came back from Shangri-la recently. I have to agree with the other reviewer about this area. Nothing spectacular, but it would be attractive to most Chinese travellers from big cities with smog i...  more »
  • Maybe it was the wrong season.. but it was not extremely pretty. Perhaps if you come from a concrete jungle, it would be a refreshing change for you. But if you constantly see lots of greens, then you...  more »
  • As our last stop of the tour of Shangri-la we toured round the Napa Hai Nature wetland on 22 Apr 2017 led by Kelvin our tour guide from China Highlights. The wetland is surrounded by moutains and snow...  more »