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Gaoligongshan Birdwaching info

    There are three main parts to the Gaoligongshan Nature Reserve - Baihualing Nature Reserve, Dahaoping Nature Reserve and Nankang Nature Reserve. All are relatively easily accessed from Kunming. Baoshan (a small city that is easily explored on foot) is connected by daily flights to Kunming (one hour) and is the main stepping off point for birders visiting Gaoligongshan. It then takes three hours to drive from Baoshan airport to Baihualing Nature Reserve in the Galigong mountains. Baihualing is by far the best, and also the most easily accessible part of the Gaolingong Mountains. Decent accommodation and food are available at the reserve guest house. Visitors must to contact the reserve management in advance and a daily fee is payable, the size of this fee depending on the size of your group. Single travelers can expect to pay $150US/day all inclusive though this can be substantially reduced for groups of four or more. The reserve staff can also arrange pick-ups and transfers to and from Baoshan airport and will provide a vehicle for your use while in the area. China Bird Tours can organize your trip here and many birders have previously combined visits to Gaoligongshan with trips to Nabang (a site close to the Myanmar border and to the west of Tengchong) and Ruili.
    Birds at Baihualing include ĘC Sclater's Monal (high elevations only), Silver and Mrs. Hume's Pheasants, Stripe-breasted Woodpecker, Ward's Trogon (rare), Brown Wood Owl, Hodgson's Frogmouth, White-bellied Green Pigeon, Long-tailed Broadbill, White-winged Magpie (rare), three species of shortwing including Gould's, Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Spotted, Grey-sided, Blue-winged, Scaly and Red-tailed Laughingthrushes, Coral and Slender-billed Scimitar Babblers, Grey-bellied Wren Babbler, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Yellow-throated Fulvetta and Beautiful Sibia. Arguably Baihualing's greatest avian attraction however is Cachar Wedge-billed Wren, a species that's not uncommon here. Dark-rumped Swift has even been reported here. A visit of at least four days would be recommended.