Pudacuo National Park
Pudacuo National Park is located in the east of Shangri-La County, southwest Yunnan Province as one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. Reputed as the most bio-diverse region in China, Pudacuo National Park holds more than 20 percent of China™s vegetation species and one third of China™s mammal and bird species, as well as nearly 100 endangered species. Besides, it is also the home of endangered Black-necked cranes, and many other rare orchids. A coniferous tree named Himalayan Yew which is a source of the anticancer drug also inhabits here in the Pudacuo National Park.
Pudacuo National Park is the first national park on the Chinese mainland which was announced on June 25, 2007. Covering an area of 500 square meters. Pudacuo National Park consists of the Bita Lake Nature Reserve and the Duhu Scenic Area in the Hongshan region. The term Pudacuo usually refers to the original Tibetan name for Bita Lake where visitors can have a view of an isle called Mandala or Mantuluo. The term also carries the meaning of an unearthly world without pollution and noise.
With its crystal-clear lakes, undulating mountains and gurgling streams, Pudacuo National Park is definitely a wonderful natural wonderland. Visitors here can hear the sound of flute, see herds of yak and goat grazing beside the lake.