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“very recommended cruise and stroll”

Potatso National Park
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

a nice meadow with yaks wondering about it. a very special lake with a wooden deck you can sit on admire the views and wait for the boat. on the lake many islands made of plants only create an out of this world setting. very romantic.

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Reviewed 30 June 2013

Some of the tourist sites in China that first opened when the country first opened up to the rest of the world (and tourists) is today, not in a very good state and often, swamped with visitors and commercialism. Thus, it was a pleasant surprise to see how well-managed this national park is. Boardwalks on well-defined walking areas confine where tourists can go, hence, managing the amount of human impacts; buses, with excellent commentaries, bring tourists between trails (3 starting points in all); no smoking (except in smoking rooms!!) laws STRICTLY enforced; almost litter-free. The views are serenely beautiful. If the walk is too much, for two of the trails, boat rides are possible (RMB50); I'd recommend you take them cos the view from the lakes is another awesome experience. The only drawback is that guides' commentaries on buses are only in Mandarin.

Thank Asperger_Singapore
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

The park is indeed a controlled gallery of natural scenes. You can take lots of excellent wall-paper like photos there. I enjoyed walking in the park with such magnificent views. Since part of the park is not open to public in this season, I was a little bit disappointed. However, the beautiful views just make you calm down and continue the walk. Unlike the parks in western countries, this one is controlled as all the tourists are simply walking on the same wooden deck around the mountain and lakes. I may consider that as a chinese style park experience haha...Many tourists included me keep their voices low not to interfere the environment. I think walking alone in the silent environment, listening to birds singing, leaves vibrating is a kind of retreat. But one reminder: remember to avoid the crowd, those group tours are so noisy and may make your journey not so enjoyable.

Thank Yuyu N
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

I absolutely loved this place. I live and work in an industrial area in China where the sky is always grey, polluted and depressing and I miss the greenery and clear skies of home, England. This place was absolute heaven for me. Clear blue sky, clear water, animals roaming free, rolling green , breathtaking scenery etc... The entrance fee is a little harsh but it is absolutely worth it, especially if you make it a full day visit. You will be taken on a bus up to the lakes and wetlands and allowed to choose one of 2 main paths to walk. The scenery is stunning and the wildlife and calmness of it all is a breath of (literally) fresh air. If you are one whole loves wildlife, great natural scenery, walking, fresh air and something that is outdorrsy and relaxing - this is for you.

Thank hotpatooties
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

I went with a few of my Chinese friends here while traveling in Shangri-la in mid-June. As someone from America who has been to plenty of parks, Pudacuo was average at best. Yes, it was pretty and fortunately the weather was great, but it wasn't worth ¥258 (plus transportation to and from Shangri-la), and it was overly managed and artificial. We were shuttled to a pathway, walked for an hour, and then were shuttled around until we got to another walkway where we walked for another hour. Two of my friends spent hours taking pictures and said they had a great time, but me and another friend were 无聊死了 (bored to death).

I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is interested in actually exploring nature or real hiking (there are definitely better places, and if you want an actual, although longer, real hike, do 梅里雪山 or Tiger Leaping Gorge). However, if you like taking cute pictures and taking an easy (but expensive) stroll, then go for it.

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