Why is Shudu Lake special
Located to the northeast of Shangri-La, Shudu Lake is 43 km away from the city. The lake is 3705 meters above sea level and is one of the biggest lakes in Shangri-La covering an area of 15 square kilometers. Now it has been turned into a highland pasture resort.
Shu means cheese in Tibetan; du means stone. An ancient legend has it that an eminent monk who roamed from place to place arrived at the lake one day and the herdsmen shared their food and a local cheese with the monk. The eminent monk was happy to observe the bountiful pastureland around the lake, so he said the following prayer: "May the good cheese of this region remains as firm as stone forever". From then on the name of Shudu Lake came into being.
Bita Lake and Shudu Lake are close to each other, and together they form special scenery in Pudacuo National Park, displaying different flavors of beauty.
Shudu Lake Highlights
Shudu Lake is sheer clear. The lake is abundant for a special species of golden carp with a line right across the body. Around the lake, there are dense forests of fir spruce and birch. In autumn, with the white birch forests all turning yellow, you will gain an unprecedented view of golden to your eyes. Wild goose and ducks perch along the banks. Wild animals such as musk deer, bears, golden cats, and pheasants live in this primitive forest.
With a piece of fertile and endless grassland, Shudu Lake is also famous for the pasture. In every spring, herds of cows and lambs walk around this lake leisurely. The simple sheds dotting in the boundless green pasture, the green mountains that surrounding the lake, the crystal lake with beautiful marine creatures, and leisure cows and lambs gazing the grass, the beautiful flute music drifting along with the breeze, form a harmonious picture of nature and human being. Here, people are in rich of enjoyment of leisure. It is a place where you can relax your mind and realize the essence of life.