Pudacuo National Park, Shangri-la Yunan

Pudacuo is the first national park in China to meet the criteria set by The World Conservation Union, a major global environmental organization.

More than 20 percent of the country’s plant species and around one-third of its mammal and bird species call this wetland plateau home.

Photographers especially love the area’s many types of orchids and China’s highly endangered black-necked cranes. In Bita Lake in the park, the Bita double-lip fish is an ancient fish dating back 2.5 million years.

Pudacuo qualifies as a natural wonderland according to any standard. It contains endemic species of fish found no where else in the world, rare and beautiful orchids, black-necked cranes, and taxus yunnanensis, a yew whose extracts are indispensable to the creation of many cancer-treating drugs. Nestled in the mountains of Southwest China, the park is an integral part of the Three Parallel Rivers Scenic Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Chinas most popular tourist destinations.