Potatso National Park, Shangri-La County

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China's first internationally recognized national park and part of a World Heritage Site, Potatso National Park encompasses a hugely diverse area which boasts lakes, forests, rare animals, and numerous species of plants. Established in 2007, the vast park can be explored on an eco-bus shuttle ride that takes visitors to several scenic spots in the area. Take a stroll on the wooden platforms that surround Shudu Lake, enjoy a scenic boat ride, and spot an array of wild animals, such as yaks, musk deer, leopards, and black bears. Add Potatso National Park to your Shangri-La County travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Shangri-La County sightseeing app .
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  • It is not a big park but one has to take the bus in. You can use the boardwalk or take a boat to cross the lake. There are signs in both English and Chinese not to step on the grass but....anyway, as ...  more »
  • The lake is great for walking, but boats are available (for a price) for those who cannot walk long distances. The fall colors of the trees were great!  more »
  • Set up a beautiful park with wildlife conservation. a lot of freedom for the animals. Path is beautifully landscaped. Much peace and magnificent reflection of nature in the water. The park is costly for Chinese concepts but well worth the effort. There are small steps in the park. Possibility to make a boat trip on the Lake. When it rains than little possibility to shelter. You're going with a bus to the entrance of the trail what a experience in itself is between the Chinese and the guide in the bus that constantly continues to talk without breathing seems to be.
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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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