Pudacuo National Park


General Information of Pudacuo National Park

Chinese Name: 普达措国家公园 Pronunciation: pǔ dá cuò guó jiā gōng yuán

English Name: Pudacuo National Park or Potatso National Park

Suggested Visiting Hours: 3-4 Hours

Altitude: 3500-4159 meters

Occupied Area: 1,313 square kilometers

Building Time: 2006

Address: Located in Shangrila County, Yunnan Province in China

Best Travel Season: Summer and autumn are the best. You can see beautiful flowers in summer and colorful scenery in autumn.


Admission Ticket Fare

Joint ticket fare is 258 yuan, which includes 120 yuan for a sightseeing bus and 138 yuan for the entrance fee.

  • Ticket Half of Charge Policy

Senior citizens between 60-69 years old (with ID card) are half of the charge;
Full-time undergraduate students under 24 years old (with Student ID Card) are half of the charge.
Soldiers in active service in the army are half of the charge (with officer certificate).
*The above policy is only applicable to the entrance fee.


  • Ticket Free of Charge Policy

Senior citizens over 70 years old (with ID card) are free of the charge;
Retired veteran cadres (with officer certificate) are free of charge;
People with disabilities (with disability certificate) are free of charge;
*The above policy is only applicable to the entrance fee.


  • Surcharge inside the Scenic Spot

The ticket for the Bita Lake boat tour is 50 yuan.


Opening Hours

Joint ticket fare is 258 yuan, which includes 120 yuan for a sightseeing bus and 138 yuan for the entrance fee.

Peak season
 (April 1st ~ October 31st)
Low season
 (November 1st ~ March31st)
8:00 ~ 16:30 8:30 ~ 16:00


Brief Introduction of Pudacuo National Park

The Lake,Pudacuo National Park
The Lake

Pudacuo National Park (or Potatso National Park) is located in the center of the world natural heritage of “Three Parallel Rivers Area”. It is composed of two parts, the International important wetland Nature reserve of Bita Lake and the scenic area of Shudu Lake.

Pudacuo National Park is a provincial nature reserve and an important part of the " Three Parallel Rivers " scenic area. It is mainly composed of Shudu Lake, Militang Alpine Pasture and Bita Lake. It is also one of the main scenic spots in Shangri-La tourism.


History of Pudacuo National Park

Autumn Scenery, Pudacuo National Park
Autumn Scenery

In June 2007, Shangri-La Pudacuo National Park, China's first protected area designated a national park, has been officially inaugurated.

In June 2008, The State Forestry Administration approved Yunnan province as a pilot province for national park construction. Pudacuo National Park is the first national park in mainland China approved by the State Forestry Administration and managed by the Yunnan Provincial Forestry Department.

In November 2012, Shangri-La Pudacuo National Park in Yunnan Province was awarded as national 5A tourist attractions.


Highlights to See in Pudacuo National Park

Shudu Lake,Pudacuo National Park
Shudu Lake

Shudu Lake

The water and grass in the lake are abundant and are especially suitable for grazing. The word "Shudu" means to praise the beauty of the pasture. With pleasant scenery and fresh air, you can experience the harmony between human and nature here. The beautiful autumn scenery also makes it an ideal home for photography lovers.

Militang Alpine Pasture

Militang Alpine Pasture,Pudacuo National Park
Militang Alpine Pasture

Militang Alpine Pasture is a famous sub-alpine pasture in the history of Shangri-La. When summer comes, the pasture becomes a sea of flowers and all kinds of wildflowers bloom. Locals call them "the Flower Fields". It is also the winter habitat of migratory birds such as black-necked crane, grey crane and zebra head goose. Scattered on the grassland, the log cabins are temporary places for herdsmen to live while they graze, and also a window to understanding the local culture of Yunnan.


Bita Lake

Bita Lake,Pudacuo National Park
Bita Lake

Bita Lake is a provincial-level nature reserve and a wetland of international importance. In the Tibetan language, "Bita" means a place that has a large number of Quercus robur. The lake is beautiful and fascinating with tree shadows standing upside down. Bita Lake contains rich natural and cultural implications. It is the Holy Lake in the mind of Tibetan people and they believe that this is a place that brings good fortune to people.


How to Get to Pudacuo National Park

By Bus

Shangri-La Passenger Station runs a bus to Pudacuo every day, 30 yuan/round trip, leaving at 9:30 AM and returning at 15:00 PM.

Diqing Tourist Service Center of Dukezong Ancient city of Shangri-La takes four buses to Pudacuo every day, 30 yuan/round trip.


  • Note: The fourth one only runs when there are many tourists

1) The first one leaves at 8:00 a.m. and returns at 14:00 p.m.
2) The second one leaves at 9:00 a.m. and returns at 15:00 p.m.
3) The third one leaves at 10:00 a.m. and returns at 16:00 p.m.
4) The fourth one leaves at 11:00 a.m. and returns at 17:00 p.m.
Take the Shangri-La bus to Shuangqiao and you will arrive at Pudacuo National Park. Leaving at 9:30 AM and returning at 4:00 PM. The ticket fare is 15 yuan.


By Taxi

Chinese: 请带我去普达措国家公园。English: Please take me to the Pudacuo National Park.

If you go to the Pudacuo National Park from Shangri-La airport by taxi, it will take about 45 minutes(about 120 yuan).

By Chartered Bus

In the exit of the Shangri-La city, there are often taxi drivers looking for individual passengers to share a taxi. The price is about 55 yuan per person.

The Beautiful Lake,Pudacuo National Park
The Beautiful Lake

Question & Answer
2 Questions
Asked by Ann Egypt | 07/24/2021 11:18 Reply
How does the Bita Lake boat tour take?
How does the Bita Lake boat tour take?
1 Answer
Answered by China Tour Star China | 10/09/2021 17:52
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Hi, you can just book the tour with us and we will arrange the boat tour for you if you need.
Asked by Summer USA | 07/22/2021 17:39 Reply
can i take a boat tour inside the park? how much is that?
1 Answer
Answered by China Tour Star China | 09/03/2021 10:05
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Yes, you can visit Shudu Lake by boat. The cruise takes about 20 minutes and the current ticket price is 50 RMB. In case of extreme weather, the boat tour may be stopped at any time.
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