Potatso National Park, the first national park in mainland China, is the national AAAAA level tourist attraction. It is located in the center of the Three Parallel Rivers in the northwest of Yunnan, the area is 601.1 square kilometers. It consists of two parts: the internationally important wetland Bita Sea Nature Reserve and the ShuDu Lake Scenic Area of Three Parallel Rivers Haba area . The word "Potatso" originates from the Sanskrit classics in Tibetan Buddhism, means to help all beings to reach the shore of the bitter sea.
The park is 22 kilometers away from the urban area of Shangri-La. It belongs to the subalpine hypothermic coniferous forest vegetation zone. The main vegetation types are four native forest communities: spruce, fir, large fruit yew and Takayama pine. There are abundant animal and plant resources in the park. Among them, there are 171 families, 568 genera and 2275 species of seed plants. The abundant species, the diversity of genetic and the ecological vegetation types, show the vigorous vitality of Pudacuo. There are 268 kinds of animals such as Zhongdian Leaf fish (heavy lip fish), black bear, clouded leopard, golden cat, red panda, otter, black-necked crane, bloody scorpion, gray crane, etc. It is an ideal base for scientific research and investigation.
Potatso National Park Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter
Walk along the wooden path along the lake, you can get in touch with the primeval forest to feel the joy and comfort of the insects and birds, and get in touch with the little squirrels to feel the cuteness and spirituality of the wild animals and experience the harmony between human and nature. The natural oxygen bar takes you into the bright realm with the thoughts fly freely. The colorful and layered autumn scenery is the ideal home for photographers and many film and television works.
The Shudu Lake means the lake next to the milk-slag mountain. It is famous for its "morning fog reflection". It is like a fairyland in the fog. In spring, the cluster of azalea makes you feel pleasant. In summer, there is the blooming flowers, the lush pasture, the cool water makes you away from the hot summer. In autumn, you’ll see the colorful plants. In winter, you’ll see the pure and boundless snow. Shudu Lake is the terminal station of the Yunnan Torch Relay in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Potatso National Park belongs to Shudu Autumn
“MiLiTang”, means a Buddha-like meadow in Tibetan language, is the famous sub-alpine pasture in Shangri-La history. When summer is coming, the pasture is a flower sea, all kinds of wild flowers are vying to open up, the locals call it the "Five Flowers Meadow." In winter, it is the wintering habitat of black-necked cranes, gray cranes and bar-headed geese waiting for birds.
The waters of the Bita Sea are formed by melting snow and streams from snow mountains. There is a circular island in the lake, rich in vegetation species, called "plant gene bank" by botanists, and the island has a long history Buddhist temple. The wetland ecosystem, centered on the Bita Sea, is listed as an internationally important wetland. Bita Sea is the most important part of the Pudacuo National Park. A primitive fish living in the lake has been identified by biologists as a living fossil from the fourth-season glacier era, known as the "Bita Heavy-lipped Fish", or "Zhongdian Leaf Fish", because of the two layers of its upper lip. Every May of the lunar calendar is the season of the flowering of azaleas. When the breeze blows over the azaleas, the petals fall on the lake, attracting the fishes to swallow the petals, then the fishes are drunk and float on the water. Thus, drunk fish and azaleas formed a strange landscape. It is said that the old bears in the forest will also take advantage of the moonlight to catch the intoxicated fish. The famous writer Feng Mu has described this scene. From then on, the landscape of the “the azaleas make the fish drunk ” and “old bear catch the fish” in the Bita Sea become famous around the world. The unique water, unique flowers, and unique animals make this unique two scenes happen.
In the scenery of the Bita Sea and the surrounding area, you can see the natural appearance of the auspicious Ba Ruixiang in Tibetan Buddhism. The Bita Sea is a sacred place where the Tibetan Buddhism auspicious Ba Ruixiang naturally appears. It is not only picturesque but also endless.