Napa Lake Guide

-Travel to Napa Lake

Napa Lake Travel Guide: the lake is situated in northwestern Yunnan province, just 8 km north of Zhongdian County, boosts grasslands and beautiful lakes which attract many species of birds including the endangered Black-necked cranes (Grus nigricollis). The breeding population of these exquisite birds, however, is in rapid decline due to habitat loss and changing agricultural practices which have affected the availability of food.And there are only 6,000 remain in the world, usually breed in high-altitude wetlands but spend the winter at lower altitudes on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau or on the

Yunnan-Guizou Plateau, of which, Napahai is the main wintering spot. If you travel there in winter or spring time, you will see the scared view of the lake filled up a valley surrounded on three sides by mountains which are covered in snow. There are nine caves in the northwest peak. During the rainy season, the lake expands and the water will rush through the nine holes and empty into the Jinsha River. The local guide suggest the best time to visit Napa Lake are summer and autumn. During the dry season, the water recedes and grassland appears. Napa Lake becomes meadow in the beginning of summer. In autumn, the prairie changes into a golden color and flocks of yaks, horses, sheep graze there. During the winter especially, the reserve is home to a large number of water fowl, many of which enjoy either state or provincial protection. For example, the black-neck crane (Grus nigricollis) is designated as a Class-A endangered species under state protection (only about 6000 of these rare birds remain worldwide).
Location: Shangrila county, Yunan province.  Tickets: RMB30/Person for entrance.   Opening hours: 05:30-18:00   Contact number: +86-887-8200077

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Name:Napa Lake Reply

I’m thinking of travelling to Shangrila next year, what’s the altitude of the area around Napa Lake?

Name:Re: Napa Lake

Hello. The Area around Napa Lake is about 3500 meters high. The average altitude in Shangrila is 3200 meters.