Pudacuo National Park – a biologically diverse region you can’t miss
The Pudacuo National Park in Deqen Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China’s Yunnan Province. The 2000-square-kilometer national park maintains the integrity of virgin forest ecosystem. The local government has taken several measures to balance the environment protection and tourism promotion within the region.
Pudacuo National Park is one of the most biologically-diverse regions of the world. While the region comprises only 0.7 percent of China’s land area, it contains more than 20 percent of the country’s plant species, about one-third of its mammal and bird species and almost 100 endangered species.
By any standard, Pudacuo qualifies as a natural wonderland. It contains endemic species of fish found no where else in the world, rare and beautiful orchids, black-necked cranes and a yew species whose extracts are indispensable to the creation of many cancer drugs.
The park’s name “Pudacuo” comes from the local Tibetan word for the divine assistance that ensures boat passengers a safe journey across the many lakes dotting the area. Foremost among the lakes in the park are the Bita and Shudu lakes, though the extended wetlands area extends far beyond to encompass forested mountains, grasslands in river valleys and a great abundance of rare plants and animals.
With its crystal-clear lakes, undulating mountains and gurgling streams, Pudacuo National Park is definitely a wonderful natural wonderland. Visitors here can hear the sound of flute, see herds of yak and goat grazing beside the lake.