2015 Qinghai Scheduled Birding Tour (4days)

2015 Qinghai Birding Tours

May 20-23 2015


  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.


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

Birds Possible: 80-120 species




Day 1__20th May 2015 Xining to Birds Island   L, D

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel. And then we will depart 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__21st May 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. One night stay in Chaka Salt Lake Hotel or similar.




Day 3__22nd May 2015 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. One night stay in Huzhu Hotel or similar.




Day 4__23rd May 2015 Huzhu to Xining   B, L

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


Rate: 780 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.


The group size is from 4 to 10 people. For more information or you have personal request, please feel free to contact us info@chinabirdingtour.com