Join in tour to Beidaihe, Qinghai and Tibet

Stephanie E. P. Hooper and Kenneth S. Logan, 2 of them, are going to have a 25-day birding tour in China. Their tour starts from Beijing on 4th May 2015 and ends in Beijing on 28th May 2015. They will spend about 3.5 days on culture tour sites visiting (2 days in Beijing & 1.5 day in Tibet); rest of time focus on birding.

They'd like invite 4 more birders join them. You could share fee of guides, drivers and meals etc, at the same time you could share your stories and experience about birds and bird watching.

Invitation from Mr. Logan:

We would welcome another couple or more (max 4 additional people) to join us on an exciting 20 day tour to Qinghai (the Tibetan Plateau) and Beidaihe and Happy Island for the peak bird migration. My wife and I are enthusiastic birders and will chasing all the Chinese specials. I also take photographs but the birds come first. We also are looking forward to visiting the Great Wall and the other Beijing tourist attractions. A short extension to Lhasa in Tibet for 5 days will complete our trip - a mix of cultural and birding time to be spent there. A 25 day trip in total.

 

Please review below schedule, whether it's the birding tour which you expect? If so, please don't hesitate to contact us through sales@chinabirdingtour.com for more information.

 

Schedule:

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01__04.05.2015 Arrive in Beijing

Arrive in Beijing by EY888(21:30-1D/08:50), your guide will meet you at the airport and transferred you to the hotel. Check-in time is 14:00, however, your guide will check with the hotel, if the room is available, you will check in while you reach the hotel. Rest time is at your own leisure.

3-night stay at 3* Ziyu Hotel or similar.

Day 02__05.05.2015 Beijing     B, L, D
After breakfast you will be collected for a full day's tour including the Great Wall at the quieter Mutianyu Section
and the Ming Tombs. In the evening enjoy a performance of Kungfu Show.

Day 03__06.05.2015 Beijing     B, L, D

After breakfast you will have a full day's tour including Temple of Heaven, Jinshan Park, Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Day 04__07.05.2015 Beijing to Beidaihe     B, L, D

Today we will drive to Beidaihe. It's about 300km from Beijing to Beidaihe. And it takes 4 hours around. You will have 3 nights there. During your stay in Beidaihe, we will do birding at lighthouse poin, Beidaihe Friendship Hotel, Sandflat area, Wetland Bird Reserve, Lotus Hill Park, Qinglong River for Ibisbill and Long-billed Plover, and Shanhaiguan Great Wall etc birding sites.

3-night stay at 3* Jinshan Hotel or similar

Day 05-06__08-09.05.2015 Beidaihe     B, L, D

The coast at Beidaihe is one of the world's great migration traps, sandwiched as it is between the Bay of Bohai and the mountains and deserts of northern Hebei and Inner Mongolia. Even today, enough habitat remains to ensure that no ornithological pilgrim comes away disappointed. Scrub, a reservoir, tidal flats and a fairly extensive patch of hilly pine woodland vie for our attention as we get used to a selection of birds. The commoner migrants during early May include species such as Brown Shrike, Yellow-browed, Radde's, Dusky and Pallas's Warblers, Red-rumped Swallows, Little and Black-faced Buntings, Yellow-rumped, Mugimaki, Red-throated and Asian Brown Flycatchers, while Marsh, Wood, Green and Terek Sandpipers, Greenshank, Kentish and Little Ringed Plovers, and perhaps Oriental Pratincole and Little Whimbrel provide the main shorebird interest. Vega, Black-tailed and Heuglin's Gulls loaf on the beaches, while Asian Stubtail, Japanese and Pallas's Reed Buntings, as well as Red-throated and Pechora Pipits might be found in wetter areas.

Day 07__10.05.2015 Beidaihe to Happy Island     B, L, D

We'll start early for Happy Island, stopping a couple of times en route for birding. Masses of shorebirds should include flocks of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Red-necked and Long-toed Stints, Far Eastern Curlew, Pacific Golden Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Great Knot and with luck Grey-tailed Tattler, Greater Sand Plover, Grey-headed Lapwing and Asian Dowitcher will also be found in small numbers, alongside familiar species such as Spotted and Common Redshanks, Black-winged Stilt and Whimbrel, while we will always remain optimistic of finding an enigmatic Spoon-billed Sandpiper, though we shall certainly need some good fortune to find one!

3-night stay at Happy Island Hotel or similar.

Day 08-09__11-12.05.2015 Happy Island     B, L, D

Situated on the superb 'East Asia flyway', Happy Island measures a mere 4kms by 2.5 kms. For the birder, nowhere else comes close and the daily excitements that spring brings more than make up or any shortcomings in the island's accommodation during our stay.. Each day, we will see a new set of birds as one wave of migrants follows another - during our three and a bit days on the island, we expect two or three major falls involving large numbers of passerines. In addition, vagrants get caught up in the roving weather systems and turn up on the island, sometimes staying for several days. As the island is relatively small it is also the perfect place for anyone wishing to pursue special interests such as bird photography or regular wader counting.

Day 10__13.05.2015 Happy Island to Beidaihe   B, L, D

Back at Beidaihe, we'll concentrate on marshes and reed beds, a habitat type better represented here than on Happy Island and only now, later in the spring, at its best. Early starts are called for, but we can expect some great birding: Yellow and Von Schrenck's Bitterns, Purple Heron, Baillon's and Ruddy-breasted Crakes, Amur Falcon, Lanceolated, Black-browed Reed, Oriental Great Reed and Thick-billed Warblers are frequently seen.

1-night stay at 3* Jinshan Hotel or similar

Day 11__14.05.2015 Beidaihe to Beijing   B, L, D

This morning we'll try to catch up with any missing species and then we'll drive to Beijing. Time permitting, we will visit Summer Palace to try and catch up with any missing species, where we hope to encounter more migrants that might include Falcated Duck, Garganey, White-breasted Waterhen amongst others.

1-night stay at in 3* Ziyu Hotel

Day 12__15.05.2015 Beijing to Xining to Kokonor     B, L, D

Today will take morning flight to Xining. Upon arrival, we will depart to Bird Island in Kokonor Lake, 300 kilometers away from Xining and on the western side of Qinghai Lake, Bird Island covers an area of just 0.8 square kilometers. From May to June and during September to November when there are thousands of wild geese, gulls, cormorants and a few shorebirds here and elsewhere around the lake.

1-night stay at Bird Island Hotel or similar.

Day 13__16.05.2015 Birds Island to Chaka   B, L, D

Do bird watching on the way to Chaka. Today you will have good chance to see Przewalski's Rosefinch, Beautiful Rosefinch, Streaked Rosefinch and White-browed Tit-warbler. 

2-night stay in Chaka Salt Lake Hotel or similar.

Day 14__17.05.2015 Bird Around Chaka     B, L, D

Do birding around Chaka. We could expect to see Tibatan Snowcock, Xijiang Shrike, Przevalski's Monal Partridge, Ala Shan Redstart, Pine Bunting, White-winged Grosbeaks and Mongolian Finch.

Day 15__18.05.2015 Chaka to Wenquan     B, L, D

Today we will drive to Wenquan. We will stop at Gonghe on the way for some birding at the bridge.

2-night stay at Wenquan Guesthouse or similar.

Day 16__19.05.2015 Wenquan to Er La Pass to Wenquan     B, L, D

Today we will spend a whole day around Er La Pass. The most important bird is Tibetan Sandgrouse. Other interesting birds include Peter David's, Rufous-necked and Tibetan Snowfinches, Black-eared Kite, Azure-winged Magpie, Margelanic Whitethroat, Wryneck, Pine and Black Faced Bunting.

Day 17__20.05.2015 Wenquan to Xining     B, L, D

Today we will drive back to Xining and birding en route.

1-night stay at Yuandong International Hotel or similar.

Day 18__21.05.2015 Xining to Huzhu Beishan     B, L, D

Do morning birding at Northern Hill. After that we will drive about 1.5 hours to Dongxia Forest Park. The interesting birds we may see Gansu Leaf Warbler, Crested Tit-Warbler, Chinese and Przevalski's Nuthatch, Chinese Bush Warbler, Daurian Partridge, Oriental Skylark, Elliot's Laughingthrush, Rufous-vented Tit, Grey-capped Greenfinch and Blackfaced Bunting etc.

2-night stay at Huzhu Hotel or similar.

Day 19__22.05.2015 Birding at Huzhu Beishan     B, L, D

Today the most important target bird is Chinese endemic Blue Eared Pheasant. Other target birds include Black-woodpecker, Norther Red-flanked Bluetail, Grey-headed Bullfinch and Spotted Bush Warbler.

Day 20__23.05.2015 Huzhu Beishan to Xining to Lhasa     B, D

Today we will drive back to Xining for your flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest time is free at your own leisure.

3-night stay in 4* Gangjian Hotel or similar

Day 21__24.05.2015 Lhasa Day Tour    B, L, D

Tour starts from the religious Potala Palace (3700 m )built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king, Songtzen Gampo. The present one was built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. It became known as the "Winter Palace" by the 1750, when the 7th Dalai Lama built the Norbulingka Park as his summer residence. After lunch, you will visit Jokhang Temple, situated in the old section of Lhasa. King Songtzen Gampo built this temple in the mid-7th century A.D. Now it is the most sacred place in Tibet. Pilgrims come here to pay homage from all over Tibet. After that we will wander in Barkhore Street.

Day 22__25.05.2015 Birding Tour + Culture Tour   B, L, D

Today you will start your birding tour in Lhasa. In these 2 days you may see interesting birds including Tibetan Eared Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Tibetan Partridge, Tibetan Snowcock, Ibisbill, Giant Babax, Tibetan Blackbird, Derby's Parakeet, Chinese Grosbeak, local subspecias of Common Black bird, Rufous-faced Warbler, Chinese Bulbul, Vinous-throated Parrotbill, Hwamei, Japanese Tit and Black-throated Tit etc.

In the morning we will do birding in Norbulingka Park. And of course we will have some culture visit in this park. And then you will do culture visit at Drepung Monastery which is the largest of the monastery of the Gelug Sect in Tibet. After that, you will visit In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace here for successive Dalai Lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season. Today Norbulingka has become a public park for picnicking, relaxing and entertainment.

In the afternoon you will visit Sera Moanstery. It was one of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries, second only to Drepung. In the afternoon debating is held in the monastery's debating courtyard. And we will do some easy birding behind the Monastery.

Day23__26.05.2015  Xiongsesi Valley Birding     B, L, D

Today you will do a whole day birding day.

Xiongsesi Monastery, located at Caina Village, Chushui County on the opposite side of the river from the Lhasa to Gyantse road is about 30 kilometers from Lhasa. At an altitude of 4500 meters the monastery was founded in 1181 AD and is now the largest nunnery in Tibet. It's widely regarded as the best place to see Tibetan Eared-pheasant.

When we back to Lhasa city, we will to Lhasa River. Let's see whether we could have good luck. It will be a little bit earlier to there in May or early June.

Day 24__27.05.2015 Lhasa to Beijing    B

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Beijing. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Then it's rest at your leisure.

1-night stay at 3* Ziyu Hotel or similar.

Day 25__28.05.2015 Departure     B

You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight EY887(01:20/06:10). Have a nice trip.

You don't have to do the whole tour, you could choose one part of the tour, like as only do Beidaihe & Happy Island. Do you want to join Stephanie E. P. Hooper and Kenneth S. Logan? For more information, please feel free to contact sales@chinabirdingtour.com. Ms. Sissi is pleased to help.