2017 Sichuan Birding Tour

Sichuan to Edge of Tibetan Plateau Birding Tour


Sichuan lies at the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau and this superb province has the richest concentration of Chinese specialties, holding around two-thirds of the country's endemic birds! Not only does Sichuan offer the best opportunities for seeing China's prime specialties, but due to the great diversity of its habitats, ranging from the subtropical lowlands of the Red Basin and rich evergreen foothill forests to cool temperate zone forests, alpine meadows and dramatic snow-capped mountain peaks, the province has a remarkable wealth of birds in general. Even then there is more to Sichuan, for beyond these rocky ramparts lie the vast grasslands of the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Without a doubt Sichuan is the very best of China




Highlights: Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Tibetan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Lady Amherst's, Golden, Blood, Koklass & White Eared-Pheasant, Chinese Grouse, Chinese Monal; Emei Shan Liocichla, Rusty, Elliott's, Black-faced, White-browed, Giant, Spotted, Moustached, Red-winged & White-throated Laughingthrush, Chinese Babax and Hwamei; 8 species of parrotbills, Purple Cochoa, Firethroat, 14 species of Phylloscopus warblers, Crested Tit-warbler, 8 species of rosefinches (include stunners like Vinaceous and Three-banded) and Crimson-browed Finch.




Day 1   Arrive in Chengdu        

Today you will arrive in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province. Our guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.  You can do some easy birding for the common city birds around your hotel. The possible birds for today is: White-browed laughingthrush, Oriental Magpie Robin, Chinese Bulbul(or Light-vented Bulbul), Oriental turtle dove, spotted dove, Black-throated Tit, Vinous-throated Parrotbill, Collard Finchbill,

1-night at 4* Wangjiang Hotel or similar.


Day 2   Chengdu to Longcanggou Reserve in Mt. Wawushan      Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We'll drive to Longcanggou Reserve in Mt. Wawushan

3-night at Wood Inn or similar.


Mt. WawuShan, is an over 3000m peak, which situated about 70 km to the west of the more famous Mt.EmeiShan. Mt.Wawushan is the largest National Primeval Forest Park in China. The elevation goes from 2830m. According to the investigations, there are more than 3500 species of plants and about 300 species of birds in M.t Wawushan areas. At lower levels, areas of evergreen broadleaf woodland are interspersed with cultivation, but higher up this gives way to deciduous woodland and ultimately large open, grassy or bamboo-covered areas and stands of mixed coniferous-rhododendron forest. As we walk here amongst the gnarled, moss-encrusted trees we may enjoy some superb vistas across a seemingly endless series of mountain ridges to the great snow-capped peaks of western Sichuan beyond.


The prime endemic birds you may see here are:

Lady Amherst's Pheasant, Temminck's Tragopan, Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Grey-hooded Parrotbill, Emei Shan Liocichla,Sichuan Treecreeper, Spotted-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Grey-hooded Fulvetta, Brown-capped (or Dusky) Fulvetta and White-collared Yuhina, Elliott's Laughingthrush, Red-winged Laughingthrush.


And some widespread birds:

Asian Koel, Oriental Scops Owl, Himalayan Swiftlet, Fork-tailed (or Pacific) Swift, Darjeeling and Bay Woodpeckers, Grey Wagtail, Himalayan Black Bulbul (of the striking white-headed form), Long-tailed Minivet, Brown Dipper, Rufous-breasted Accentor, the superb Golden Bush Robin, White-bellied Redstart, Oriental and Lesser Cuckoos, Crested (or Oriental) Honey Buzzard, Large Hawk-Cuckoo, Whistling Hawk-Cuckoo, Grey Bushchat, Blue Whistling Thrush, Slaty-backed Forktail, Verditer, Ferruginous, Slaty-blue, Rufous-gorgeted and Grey-headed Flycatchers,Red-billed Blue Magpie, Large-billed Crow, Russet Sparrow, Dark-breasted and Dark-rumped Rosefinches, and the near-endemic Grey-headed Bullfinch, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Pygmy Wren-Babbler, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Red-billed Leiothrix, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Stripe-throated and Black-chinned Yuhinas


Day 3  Longcanggou Reserve       Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full day birdwatching in Longcanggou Reserve.


Day 4  Longcanggou Reserve to Luding         Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After morning birding in Longcanggou Reserve, we will then drive to Luding Town for Overnight.

2-night at Luding Zhuma Hotel or similar


Day 5  Erlangshan Pass       Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will head to the old national way to Tibet over the Erlangshan pass, this road has been abandoned for a long time, where there's no traffic but a lot of birds.



The possible birds here are: Lady Armherst's Pheasant, Firethroat, Grey-headed Bullfinch, Blue Rock Thrush, Golden Bush Robin, Great and Grey-hooded Parrotbill, Rufous-tailed Babbler, Yellow-throated Bunting, Godlewski's Bunting, Dark-breast, Pink-rumped, Vinaceous, White-browed, Chinese Beautiful and Streaked Rosefinches, Russset Sparrow, Mrs Goud's Sunbird, White-collared Yuhinas, Chinese Babax, Red-billed Leiothrix, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Black-faced, Elliot's, Barred Laughingthush, Collard finchbill, Kessler's and Chestnut Thrush, Chinese Thrush, Crimson-breasted, White-backed woodpecker.


Day 6  Luding to Wolong Reserve in Mt. Balangshan       Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3-night at Linhui Guesthouse or similar


Day 7-8   Birding in Wolong Reserve in Mt. Balangshan       Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start at 4 a.m., Drive up to Mt.Balangshan, scan birds along the way, you will have big chance to see many pheasant here, such as Blood Pheasant, Tibetan Snowcock, Chinese Monal, Koklass Pheasant, Teminck's  Tragopan, White-eared pheasant, Snow Partridge,  etc. We will walk down and watch birds along the main road. (You may see a big number of Grandala, Yellow Billed and Red Billed Chough, Golden Eagle, Lammergier,  Firethroat, Red Collared Dove, etc ).



Balangshan has an impressive avifauna. It's in the region of alpine meadows and jagged, snow-covered peaks.  We will be able to explore areas from the valley at about 2700m right up to the pass of snow mountain at about 4500m. We will do birding among the surrounding peaks rising to over 5500m and could even see the magnificent peak of Mt.Siguniang. The Wolong Giant Panda reserve is located at the foot of Balangshan in northwest of Sichuan. It is known as the headquarters of the World Wildlife Fund, to save the species from extinction, especially pandas.


The prime endemic birds you may see here are:

Tibetan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Chinese Monal. Grandalas,  Wood Snipe, White Eared Pheasant, Firethroat, Chestnut-headed Tesias, Koklass Pheasants, Temminck's Tragopan, Golden Pheasant, Kessler's and Chestnut Thrushes, Chinese Leaf Warbler, Spectacled Parrotbill, Barred Laughingthrush, White-browed and Crested Tit Wabler, Slaty Bunting, Black-browed and White-browedTit,.



Other birds such as: Alpine Accentors, Lammergeier, Red-breasted Rosefinches, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Plain and Brandt's Mountain Finches, Plumbeous Redstarts, River Chat (or White-capped Redstart), Spotted Bush Warbler, Tickell's Leaf Warbler, Rufous-bellied Niltava, the splendidly, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Chestnut-flanked White-eye, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-billed and Alpine Choughs, Dark-breast, Pink-rumped, Vinaceous, White-browed, Chinese Beautiful, Spot-winged, Red fronted and Streaked Rosefinches,  Common Buzzard, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Golden Eagle, Common Kestrel, White-browed Fulvetta, the Yellow-browed and Fire-capped Tits, Grey-crested Tit, Common (or Ring-necked) Pheasant, Snow Pigeon, Common Cuckoo, White-throated Needle-tail, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Asian House Martin, Olive-backed and Rosy Pipits, White-throated Dipper, White-tailed Rubythroat, Indian Blue Robin, White-browed Bush Robin, Blue-fronted, Daurian Redstart, little Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler.



Day 9  Wolong to Maerkang via Mengbi Forest       Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After morning birding in Mt. Balangshan, we will then drive to Maerkang via Mengbi Forest. Maerkang is the capital of Kham district. Birding along the way. We shall make several stops to look for such birds as Chinese White-browed Rosefinch, White-winged Grosbeak, Collared Grosbeak, Hill Pigeon, Eurasian Crag Martin, Hodgson's Redstart, Blue Rock Thrush and Wallcreeper, Crested Tit-Warbler, Sichuan Jay, Winter Wren, Maroon-backed Accentor, Himalayan Red-flanked Bluetail,  White-throated Redstart, Verreaux's Monal Partridge, Severtzov's Grouse, Blood Pheasant, White-eared pheasant, Black Woodpecker, Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker,  Greenish, Hume's Leaf and Yellow-streaked Warblers, Goldcrest,  Chinese Babax, Giant Laughingthrush, Chinese Fulvetta, Eurasian Treecreeper, Oriental Crow, Pink-rumped (or Stresemann's) Rosefinch.



1-night at Maerkang JiaRong Hotel or similar.


Day 10  Maerkang to Hongyuan       Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning birdwatching in Mengbi Forest, and then drive to Hongyuan town.

1-night at Hongyuan Hotel or similar


Day 11  Hongyuan to Ruo'ergai         Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will drive from Hongyuan to Ruo'ergai. This area is on the edge of Tibetan plateau, including grass land swamp and hills, so there are a lot of big birds, such as Black-necked Crane, Gray-faced, Common & Upland Buzzards, Griffon, Falcon and Redstarts. And there are many mammals such as Himalayan Marmot, Pica, Tibetan Fox, Wolf, etc.

1-night at Ruo'ergai Sunshine Hotel or similar.


Ruo'ergai wetland, it distribute in Ruo'ergai county, Hongyuan county in Sichuan and Luchu county, Machu county in Gansu, is the breeding and habitat area for Black-necked Crane, listed as the important wetland in the world.


Day 12  Ruoergai to Chuanzhusi       Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will starts birding from the Baxi Forest near Ruo'ergai, try to looking for the Blue-eared Pheasant, Common Pheasant, Plain Laughingthrush, Chinese Grouse, Three-banded Rosefinch, Kessler's and Chestnut Thrush. Etc. After that we'll then head to the Chuanzhusi Town.

1-night at Chuanzhusi Hotel or similar


Day 13  Gonggangling Forest to Tangjiahe Reserve         Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning we'll visit Gonggangling Forest, which is near Jiuzhaigou National Park, for the Sichuan Wood Owl and other birds. Then take a long drive to Tangjiahe Reserve.


The prime endemic birds you may see here are:   Tibetan Siskin, Three-banded Rosefinch, Rufous-headed Robin, Blue-eared Pheasants, Chinese Grouse, Sibrian Rubythroat, Sooty Tit, Chinese Thrush, Chinese Leaf Warbler, Crested and White-browed Tit Wabler, Chinese Nuthatch, White-cheecked Nuthatch, Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush, and Three-toed Parrotbill.


2-night at Tangjiahe Hotel or similar


Day 14  Tangjiahe Reserve         Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning you will do birding on the way to Tangjiahe Reserve. Endemics include Golden Pheasant, Temmick's Tragopan and Slaty Bunting, Yellow-bellied Tit, Rusty-throated Parrotbill was rediscovered at Tangjiahe after an absence of twenty years in June 2007.



Besides that, we may also see: White-throated Laughingthrush, Blue Whistling Thrush,Golden-Breasted Fulvetta, Koklass Pheasant, Tawny Fish Owl, Grey-headed, Darjeeling, Crimson-breast and Great-spotted Woodpecker, Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Golden-spectacled Wabler, Sooty Tit, White-crowned Forktail, Brown Dipper and Collared Crow.


Mammals we may see here are: Takin, Tibetan Macaque, Long-tailed Goral, Chinese Serrow, Reeve's Muntjac, Tufted Dear, Wild Boar, Asian Black Bear, Red and White Giant Flying Squirrel.


Day 15  Tangjiahe to Chengdu         Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning birding in Tangjiahe, and then we will drive back to Chengdu.


Day 16  Departure       Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Tour end.


Included service:

1.    15 nights' accommodation as mentioned in the schedule. Two people share a twin room. If you don't want to share a room with another participant, but have a private room, you need pay single supplement which is USD630 per person.

2.    English speaking birding guide.

3.    15 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners including seasonal fruits.

4.    Group transfer as described.

5.    Sites entrance fee.



  1. Any flight ticket.

  2. China visa.

  3. Any other services we do not included.

The group size is 4 to 10 people. We promise the group won't be more than 10 people. For more information, please contact us through info@chinabirdingtour.com .