8 Days Wolong and Wawushan Birdwatching tour 2014


Chengdu---Longcanggou Valley(Wawushan Area)---Wolong---Chengdu

Birds possible: 150-200

Departure Time:

May 16th 2014--- May 29th 2014

Rate: 1800 USD per person


Day 1 Chengdu to Longcanggou Valley(Wawushan area)   L, D

Do morning birding at Huanhua Park. And then we will drive to Longcang Gou directly. Longcang Valley lies at the western section of Wawushan. Check in hotel, walk around near the hotel and do some easy birding.

Wawu Shan, is an over 3000m peak, which situated about 70 km to the west of the more famous Emei Shan. 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 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 and the recently described Sichuan Treecreeper, Chinese Blue Flycatcher (split from Blue-throated), Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler, Grey-hooded Fulvetta, Brown-capped (or Dusky) Fulvetta and White-collared Yuhina Elliott's Laughingthrush, the lovely 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, 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, Rufous-vented, Coal and Green-backed Tits, the near-endemic Yellow-bellied Tit, Gould's Sunbird, Japanese White-eye, Hair-crested Drongo .etc.

Accommodation: Longcang Wood Inn or similar


Day 2-3 Birding in Longcang Gou   B, L, D

These two days we will do birding in both up and down parts of the valley.

Accommodation: Longcang Wood Inn or similar


Day 4 Longcang Gou to Wolong   B, L, D

Morning birding in Wawushan, and then we will drive to Wolong town.



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.


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, Slaty Bunting, Black-browed Tit.


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, Chinese Beautiful (split from Himalayan Beautiful) 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 and bold little Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler.

Accommodation: Wolong Hotel or similar


Day 5 Wolong   B, L, D

Get up very early in the morning, drive to Beimuping area (about 3300m), full day birding from high to lower elevation. (including Dengshenggou, Shawan area )

Accommodation: Wolong Hotel or similar


Day 6 Wolong to Rilong   B, L, D

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. 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, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, etc ), and then drive down hill towards Rilong Town.

Accommodation: New Siguniang Hotel or similar


Day 7 Rilong to Chengdu   B, L, D

Do Early morning birding in Haizi Valley with a fantastic view of endless snow mountains. And it's also a good place to see Rosefinchs. Bird watching on Balangshan higher level.

Accommodation: Buddha Zen Hotel or similar



Day 8 Chengdu to Beijing   B, L

In the early morning we will drive to Chengdu Panda Breeding Center, half day panda visiting and bird watching. After lunch, you will visit Jinli ancient street. End of service.


Rate: 1800 USD per person

Price included:

1.     7-night accommodation as listed. Two people share a double room.

2.     7-breakfast, 8-lunch and 7-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