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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. Arrange your visit to Potatso National Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Shangri-La County using our Shangri-La County vacation route planner.
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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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  • The scenery at this park was simply breathtaking. Once you step into the park it feels like you're in a completely different world, kind of like Middle Earth. A must visit place in Shangri-La. Tickets...  more »
  • Ride a bus from place to place. Piles of yak poop everywhere. Perhaps if you live in a big city, this would be exciting outdoor views of a new kind.  more »
  • We visited Putatso (also spelt at Pudacuo in some references) in May as part of a Chinese tour organised by my wife who is also Chinese. Like most places we've been to in China, visits are well organi...  more »