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Birdwatching Tour in Beidaihe and Happy Island of northeast China

Birdwatching Tour in Beidaihe and Happy Island of northeast China

Duration:8 days
Destination:Beijing-Beidaihe-Happy Island-Beijing
Birds possible100-150
Best season:from late April to the third week of May and again from late September to early November
The summer seaside resort of Beidaihe is at the border of the Bohai Sea on China's east coast the region, it has become firmly established as the best places for watching the bird migration in all of East Asia.
    There are totally about 410 species birds have been recorded at Beidaihe, and just a spring trip of a couple of week can see more than 220 species, some of them such as Japanese Swamp Warbler Relict and Saunders's Gull, and Manchurian Reed Warbler are globally threatened.  
 
The best birding time is from late April to the third week of May and again from late September to early November. Nearly all the species here are migrants with each species peaking at different times. Several species of shorebird such as Northern and Grey-headed Lapwings peak in April, others such as Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Grey-tailed Tattler not until mid- to late May. Similarly many songbirds and reedbed species don't reach their peaks until late May while cranes can be seen migrating from early March to mid-April.
 
Day1
Arrive Beijing, then take train or express bus about 3 hours to Beidaihe (Beidaihe),  overnight in Beidaihe (Qinhuangdao)

Day2
Birding watching in Lianfeng Hill and Yanghekou, overnight in Beidaihe.
 
Day3
Bird watching in Shanhaiguan (Shanhai Pass of Great Wall), overnight in Beidahe.
 
Day4-6
Birding in Happy Island, overnight in the island hotel.
 Happy Island, is now widely regarded as the best bird watching place in the East Asia flyway. With its manageable size of about 1.5 x 3.5 kilometers it boasts a surprisingly wide range of habitats: grassland, small reed beds, inter-tidal mud flats, dense thickets of scrub, rolling sand dunes, shrimp ponds and a central wood adjacent to a small Buddhist temple. The surrounding sea is shallow, with tidal mudflats that form an important staging area for shorebirds and gulls. Great Knot and Asian Dowitcher are regularly present in their thousands, while the endangered Nordmann's Greenshank is almost annual. There are also at least four spring records of the enigmatic Spoon-billed Sandpiper.
    Relict Gull, another sought-after species, is seen most days in spring with occasionally up to 30 non-breeding first-summer birds present when most birders are on the island in May. The highly endangered Saunders's Gull breeds nearby and is seen daily (usually 5-20 birds per day, occasionally up to a hundred) at his season.
 
Day7
Birding in Daihe river mouth, Luanhe river mouth, overnight in Beidaihe.

Day8
Birding in the morning, then take train or express bus back to Beijing.