Birding Tour in China

China is a good place for birding. Its enormous geographic diversity provides ideal habitat for lots of birds; around 1250 species in fact, with over 60 endemics, including 14 pheasants, 7 Laughing thrushes, 4 Parrot bills and 4 Rose finches. The country is also excellent for Cranes, with 7 species regularly recorded, and Tits, with a staggering 28 species.  


Since the opening of China, more and more birders visit China come on tours. There is a great selection for them: Tropical rain forests in southern Yunnan, alpine valleys of the eastern Himalaya, endless grasslands, deserts and cultivated valleys surrounding some of the world’s longest rivers…And the endemic heartlands of Tibet and Sichuan are popular destinations, as so are Beidaihe and Happy Island on the east coast.



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China Exploration also provides birding service for birders worldwide. We take birders to nearly all of the nature reserve in China. Just tell us and we will recommend the best place for you!  

Recommended some of the hot sites:


1. The Alpine mountains of eastern Himalaya.

There are many mountains provide idea habitat for birds, such as Mt. Gongga, Mugecuo Lake and the wide east Tibetan plateau.


2. The sub tropical mountains in China, such as Mt. Emeishan, Mt. Wawushan, nature reserve of Wanglang and Wolong in Sichuan, Mt Wuyi in Fujian, Mt Haba in Yunnan.

Wolong and Wanglang's most famous resident is the Giant Panda, but it also has a rich variety of bird life. Expect to see forest and alpine birds, such as babblers, laughing thrushes, rose finches, accentors, tits, lammergeier, mini vets, woodpeckers, corvids, etc. Of special interest: Sichuan Wood Owl, White-Cheeked Laughing thrush and a number of pheasants including the Blue Eared Pheasant.


3. Beidaihe and Happy Island in east coastline.

Beidaihe is one of the best known birding hot spots in the Far East, where every spring and autumn many of the Asiatic migrants can be seen in good numbers. The town checklist currently runs to some 389 species; over 300 of these may be seen in a year, only perhaps 14 occurring year-round--the rest are at least partial migrants Just south of Beidaihe, there is another important spot, named "Happy Island (Chinese: Kai Le Dao), which seems to be even better for birding than Beidaihe.



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4. The wetland in all of China.

China presently has 7 sites are in Annotated Ramsar list, with a surface area of 588,380 hectares: Dongting Lake in Hunan province, Dongzhaigang in Hainan province,  Niaodao ("Bird Island") in Qinghai province, Poyanghu in Jiangxi province, Xianghai in Jilin province,  Zhalong in Heilongjiang province. Besides them, there also many other smaller sites.

Below is one birding trip route for birder’s information, more site can be provided at your request.





Birding in Tibetan Himalaya and West Sichuan




D1 Arrive in Chengdu
Arrive in
Chengdu and transfer to Hotel. Do some city tours and prepare for next day’s trip. 

D2 Chengdu / Leshan / Emeishan
Get up to Washing Flower Park for birding in the morning, and then dive to
Leshan to see the Giant Buddha then continue on the drive to Mt Emei visit the Baoguo Temple overnight in Hotel for 3 nights.



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D3 Mt. Emeishan Birding
Get up early to watch bird in Fuhu temple around. Some of the birds can be watched:
Plumbeous Redstart, Slaty-backed Forktail, Red-rumped Swallow, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Magpie Robin, Swinhoe's Mini vets, Spangled Drongo, Blue Whistling Thrush, Collard Finchbill . In the afternoon we will take cable car to Golden summit. Night in local hotel.


D4 Mt. Emeishan Birding
Get up in the early morning to watch bird also sun rise for one hour. And then take cable car down the Jieyindian and walk to Xixiangchi for birding. It is the best area to watch birds with less travelers. Return Leidongping in the late afternoon and descend the mountain and return hotel. You may see these birds:

Large-billed Crow, Speckled Wood Pigeon, White-bellied Green Pigeon , Chestnut Thrush , Himalayan Swiftlet ,  Asian House Martin , Eurasian Treecreeper, Ferruginous Flycatcher, Rufous-gorgeted, Coal Tit, Green-backed Tit , Fire-capped Tit ,  Mountain Bulbul, Plain Prinia , Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler heard, Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler , Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler ,Chinese Leaf Warbler , Greenish Warbler, Blyth's Leaf Warbler, Elliot's Laughing thrush , Red-billed Leiothrix, White-collard Yuhina, Rufus-breasted Accentor, Vinaceous Rosefinch , Grey-headed Bullfinch, Slaty Bunting.

D5 Emeishan / Mt. Wawushan
Get up to Fufusi for birding in the morning, and then drive to Wawushan, take cable car up the summit in the late afternoon.

D6 Mt Wawushan Birding
Get up in the early morning to watching bird and possible Sun Rise. And then walk down to watch the bird and arrive at the half mountain.


You may see these birds:

Darjeeling Woodpecker Dendrocopos darjellensis , Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis, Greater Barbet Megalaima virens, Large Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioides, Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus poliocephalus, Himalayan Swiftlet Collocalia brevirostris, Speckled Wood Pigeon Columba hodgsonii , Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon Treron sphenura, Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus, Red-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa erythrorhyncha , Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus, Spangled Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus, Sooty Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica, Ferruginous Flycatcher Muscicapa ferruginea, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatche Ficedula strophiata, Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassina, Golden Bush-Robin Tarsiger chrysaeus , White-capped Water-Redstart Chaimarrornis leucocephalus, Plumbeous Water-Redstart Rhyacornis fuliginosus, White-bellied Redstart Hodgsonius phoenicuroides. etc.     

Golden Bush-Robin Tarsiger chrysaeus
D7 Mt Wawushan Birding


Today we will get up to watch bird around Hongdong Shanzhuang, and descend the mountain in the late afternoon.


You may see these birds:


Coal Tit Parus ater, Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus, Yellow-browed Tit Sylviparus modestus, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica, Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus, Brownish-flanked Bush-War Cettia fortipes, Aberrant Bush-Warbler Cettia flavolivaceus, Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler Cettia acanthizoides, Spotted Bush-Warbler Bradypterus thoracicus, Brown Bush-Warbler Bradypterus luteoventris, Lemon-rumped Warbler Phylloscopus chloronotus, Large-billed Warbler Phylloscopus magnirostris, Blyth's Leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus reguloides, White-tailed Leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus davisoni, Golden-spectacled Warbler Seicercus burkii , Spotted Laughing thrush Garrulax ocellatus, Rusty Laughing thrush Garrulax poecilorhynchus. 


D8 Wawushan / Kangding
Drive about 7 hrs to
Kangding,it is long driving, but you still possible to see some birds occasionally in Mt Erlangshan. Arrive in Kangding in the late afternoon, drop a visit in local Tibetan temple.      

D9 Mugecuo Birding
Drives out to Mugecuo Lake in 2 hrs in the morning. We will stop at Fangchaoping, here we will begin our birding, and walk to Seven collar sea, Medicine pool and arrive in Mugecuo lake in the late afternoon. You may see these birds:

Beautiful Rosefinch Carpodacus pulcherrimus, Vinaceous Rosefinch Carpodacus vinaceus, Three-banded Rosefinch Carpodacus trifasciatus, Grey-headed Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythaca, Yellow-billed Grosbeak Eophona migratoria, White-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas carnipes, Godlewski’s Bunting Emberiza godlewskii, Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla.    



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D10 Tagong Grassland Birding
Continue birding in the morning, and then drive to
Tagong after lunch. Climb over the Mountain of Zeduoshan ( 4200 ms) and enter the wide Tibetan Plateau. Visit a Tibetan Monastery in the afternoon.


D11 Tagong / Kangding
Get up early to watch the birds in the morning. And then drive down Kangding in the afternoon. You may see these birds:

Blue Eared Pheasant Crossoptilon auritum, Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus, Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis, Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto, Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus I, Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis

D12 Kangding / Chengdu
Today you will be driven back to Chengdu in 7 hrs. On arrival you will be taken to your hotel.

D13 Chengdu Birding
Visit the
Panda Garden in the morning. And in the wide garden, you can still watch some birds in its lake.

D14 Chengdu Departure

Depart for the airport

Time: July 23rd ,2010 – August 15th , 2010
Mr 1. Ian Mowat and Ms KAREN ELENORA SIMON succeeded their birding tour with China Exploration. They made tour along Wawushan mountain / Mugecuo Nature Reserve / Tagong grassland / Phag Mo Gling / Wolong.

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