Why is Pudacuo National Park special
The Pudacuo National Park, in the east of Shangri-La, southwest Yunnan Province — is one of the most biodiversity regions of the world. The National Park contains and preserves many classic features of China’s southwestern region together with various aspects of traditional nomadic Tibetan plateau life.
Among these are the two great lakes of Bitahai Lake and Shudou Lake, which together form two holy lakes for the local Tibetan inhabitants. Not only can visitors to the park take in the stunning natural beauty of the landscape, but also learn something about plateau culture.
While there are more than 2,300 nature reserves in China, only a fraction are in areas of critical biological importance, and an even smaller number are well-managed. Pudacuo will meet the standards for national parks established by The World Conservation Union (IUCN) — and also advance both protection and sustainable development of this ecologically significant section of Yunnan Province.
Pudacuo National Park Highlights
Bitahai Lake, regarded as a pearl of the Plateau, is an intact natural attraction with outstanding landscapes. In the nature reserve the plants are flourishing and the lake water is crystal clear. The average depth of the lake is 20 meters.
In the reserve itself, century-old pines and cypresses grow around Bitahai Lake. In the lake there is an islet covered by cedars and azaleas. In May every year an azalea forest on the lakeshore is in full blossom, stretching several kilometers. Around the lake are virgin forests, which is the ideal habitat for rare animals including red-footed pheasant, silver pheasant, wild bull, leopard and lynx.
Shudu Lake is 3705 meters above the sea level, which is one of the biggest lakes in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The lake is a famous pasture in every spring and summer, herds of yak and goat grazing beside the lake the shepherd’s shelters dots on the grassland. People can hear the sound of flute comes from afar. Staying beside the lake, you can deeply feel the quiet and leisurely life of high-land people.
The lake water is so limpid that people could see the cracked-stomach fish produced in the lake whose color is golden and there is a crack line along its stomach. Around the lake, there are dense forest of fir spruce and birch. There are different wild animals such as musk deer, bear, leopard, golden cat, deer, pheasant etc.