13 Days birdwatching tour Schedule of Sichuan 2014


13 Days Sichuan to Edge of Tibetan Plateau Birding Tours


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

Departure Date:

Group A  from April 16 to April 28 2014

Group B  from May 18 to May 30 2014

 Rate: 3280 USD per person

 Destinations: Chengdu, Wawushan, Wolong, Rilong, Maerkang, Hongyuan, Ruoergai, Jiuzhaigou

 Birds Possible: Around 300+ species

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


Day 1 Arrive in Chengdu   Dinner

Today you will arrive in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in 4* Yinhe Dynasty Hotel or similar.


Day 2 Chengdu to Wolong   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, you will visit Huanhua Park, in which most of the city birds can be found. After lunch, we will drive to Wolong. A long driving day but not boring, the view out of window are quite nice! Overnight in Wolong Hotel or similar.


Wolong has an impressive altitudinal range and hence an equally impressive avifauna. It's in the region of forested mountains, bamboo thickets, alpine meadows and jagged, snow-covered peaks.  We will be able to explore areas from the valley at about 1500m right up to the pass of snow mountain at about 4000m. We will do birding among the surrounding peaks rising to over 5500m and could even see the magnificent peak of 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.


Day 3 Wolong   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 game birds, such as blood pheasant, Tibetan Snowcock, Chinese Monal, Koklass, Tragopan.etc.  Then drive back to hotel at lunch time, you can take a rest or birding around the hotel through the horse trail in Shawan. Overnight in Wolong Hotel or similar.


Day 4 Wolong to Rilong   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning birding starts from Wolong. Birding along the way to Rilong. (You may see a big number of Grandala, Yellow Billed and Red Billed Crough, Golden Eagle, Lamergaire. Fire throat,chestnut laughing thrush, etc ), and then drive down hill towards Rilong Town, Overnight in New Siguniang Hotel or similar.


Day 5 Rilong   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning birding in Haizi Valley for Rosefinches, Wall creeper,Bird watching on Balangshan higher level. We will walk down and watch birds along the main road. After a fast simple lunch, we will get back to hotel about 14:00 to 15:00 to take a break. Do some doorstep birding. Overnight in New Siguniang Hotel or similar.


Day 6 Rilong to Maerkang   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will drive from Rilong to Maerkang. It's the capital of Kham district of Tibetan prefecture. 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, 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.

Overnight in Maerkang Hotel or similar.


Day 7 Maerkang   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

birding in Mt.Mengbishan forest. Overnight in Maerkang Hotel or similar.


Day 8 Maerkang to Hongyuan   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

To Hongyuan, birding along the way on the Tibetan grass land. Overnight in Hongyuan Hotel or similar.


Day 9 Hongyuan to Ruoergai   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will drive from Hongyuan to Ruoergai via Waqie and Tangke. 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, Buteo,Griffin,Falcon,Red stars. And many mamals , . Overnight in Ruoergai Sunshine Hotel or similar.


Rouergai wetland, it distribute in Rouergai 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 10 Ruoergai to Jiuzhaigou   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will starts birding from Ruoergai pass by Chuanzhusi to Jiuzhaigou. Overnight in Qianhe Hotel or similar.


Day 11 Jiuzhaigou   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning visit Jiuzhaigou National Park, which is a world natural heritage. We will watch birds in the National Park for 2 days.


Jiuzhaigou National Park is a magnificent area of high, snow-capped peaks, dense coniferous and mixed forests, hillsides covered with azaleas, bamboo, bushes and a lot of alpine flowers. The valley sides are frequently wreathed in cloud and the almost ethereal beauty of the area is further enhanced by the many intensely blue or turquoise lakes connected by waterfalls and rushing streams.

The prime endemic birds you may see here are:   Tibetan Siskin, Three-banded Rosefinch, Rufous-headed Robin, Blue Eared Pheasants, Sooty Tit, Chinese Thrush, Chinese Leaf Warbler, Chinese Nuthatch, Sukatschev's Laughingthrush, and Three-toed Parrotbill.


Day 12 Jiuzhaigou to Chengdu   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Birdwatching along the way back to Chengdu with bird stops at Gonggangling, Chuanzhusi Area.


Day13 Departure   Breakfast

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to home or next destination.


Rate: 3280 USD per person


Included service:

1.   12 nights' accommodation as mentioned in the schedule. Two people share a twin room.

2.   English speaking birding guide.

3.   12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners

4.   Group transfer as described.

5.   Tour sites entrance fee including sightseeing bus in Jiuzhaigou Valley.

6.  Tips for the guide and drivers.

The group size is normally 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