4 Days Qinghai Birding (pink-tailed bunting) 2014


Located on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Qinghai Province, which is the fourth largest province in China. The Plateau, with an average elevation of 3000 meters, is referred to as The Roof of the World and is the sources of three of China's major rivers, the Yangtze River, Yellow River and Mekong River. Snow capped mountains, ice peaks, deserts, vast pastures and myriad lakes weave Qinghai unique, fascinating and colorful natural landscapes. Qinghai Lake is the largest inland saline lake in the country and is an excellent place for bird watching. It's a popular bird tour destination.

We could find such little-known species as Crested Tit-warbler, White-cheeked Nuthatch, and White-backed Thrush before climbing up onto the plateau itself. These high-elevation plains are home to a number of bird species that have been seen by relatively few western birders. Black-necked Crane, Mongolian Ground-Jay, Ala Shan Redstart, and Przewalski's Rosefinch will be among the many exciting species we will be targeted here.


Xining, Qinghai Kokonor Lake, Bird Island, Chaka, Huzhu

Birds Possible: 80-120 species

Rate: 680 USD per person

Trip Duration: Totally it lasts 4 days.
Group A is from 15th to 18th May
Group B is from 23th to 26th May
Group A & Group B are both available.

Day 1 Xining to Birds Island   B, L, D

Drive to Bird Island in Qinghai 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. During the right season it is thronged with breeding Ruddy Shelduck, Bar-headed Geese and Brown-headed Gulls. The best time to visit is 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. One night stay in Bird Island Hotel or similar


Day 2 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. One night stay in Chaka Salt Lake Hotel or similar.


Day 3 Chaka to Huzhu   B, L, D

Drive to Huzhu in the morning. We will pass the same moutain. And you will have another chance to update your bird list.

Accommodation: Huzhu Hotel or similar


Day 4 Huzhu to Xining   B, L

Do morning birding in Huzhu Mountains. After lunch we will drive back to Xining. End of the service.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


Rate: 680 USD per person


Price included:

1.     3-night accommodation as listed. Two people share a double room.

2.     3-breakfast, 4-lunch and 3-dinner.

3.     The tour sites entrance tickets.

4.     English-speaking birding guide.

5.     Group transfer as described.

6.     Tips for the guide and drivers.


The group size is from 8 to 10 people. We promise the group won't be more than 10 people. For more information or you have private request, please feel free to contact us through info@chinabirdingtour.com