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Potatso National Park

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Address: Pudacuo Scenic Resort, East of Xianggelila, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00

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Beautiful mountain scenery

This park is located in a mountainous area. The scenery is wonderful. Access is limited to shuttle buses. A boardwalk along a lake allows for a little walking. Otherwise its short... read more

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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This park is located in a mountainous area. The scenery is wonderful. Access is limited to shuttle buses. A boardwalk along a lake allows for a little walking. Otherwise its short photo stops. A boat does run on one lake. Our guide said that hiker access was tightly controlled. Most of the tourists were Chinese. Local herders continue to use... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My stay in Shangri-la was short. I was therefore struggling to determine whether to spend a day at Potatso National Park or Baishui Terrance. I personally preferred the latter but a hotel staff in Lijiang told me that the best time to visit Baishu Terrance is during the rainy season. He recommended me to visit Potatso National Park instead. I... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Potatso National Park is beautiful, especially under the snow. As a Canadian we have much to compare but this is a fine example of natural beauty I should have come later, ie in June to see the flora and would recommend not to come before that time if interested in spring flowers and an awakening in nature

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Pasir Ris, null, Singapore
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152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

We saw lots of horses running around crossing our bus path, yaks roaming in the pasture and squirrels asking for food from the tourist. It was snowing lightly as we ventured through the scenic place. The bus will take us to each destination or stops and let us off for us to take photos. For those who would like to... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Although we very much enjoyed the park as a whole, especially the two lakes inside, admission fees are exorbitant and the park could sometimes be swarmed with Chinese tourists, so be warned

1 Thank alberto_hayashi
Taipei, Taiwan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 409 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

Potatso Nation Park (普達措國家公園, also called Pudacuo National Park) is the first Chinese National Park. It is part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas (雲南三江併流保護區) UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 1,300 km2 (502 mi2) national park is located in Shangri-La County, Yunnan of People's Republic of China. Shudu Lake (屬都湖) has a total area of about 1.1... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Nice and huge park to visit with many scenic spots and lakes. Ticket entry includes the bus inside the park

Reading, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Take advantage of the tourist buses which will drop you off at various interesting points, unless you want a very long trek indeed Walks are along board walks and the whole park has a very managed look to it. No birds, apart from a solitary wagtail; lots of Chinese tourists taking selfies. This was a pleasant morning but if we... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is essentially an area of virgin Tibetan plateau country, with beautiful lakes and wetlands. The 'Disney' atmosphere is due to the fact that it is incredibly popular (99.9% Chinese) and the whole visit is managed. You get on a bus which whisks you through the park and up to the first lake, where you get off and all troop... More 

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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Very impressive views, we went in early autumn and the colors were plenty. The boat rides are ok but over priced. Note there are not many opportunities to buy food or drinks so better bring your own. That you have to follow the bus trail is unavoidable and I think the right thing for China otherwise the park would be... More 

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