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Sichuan Plain to edge of Tibetan Plateau Birding tour

Sichuan Plain to edge of Tibetan Plateau Birding tour

Duration:14 days
Destination:Chengdu-Wolong-Maerkang-Mengbishan-Hongyuan-Ruoergai-Jiuzhaigou-Chengdu
Birds possible200-250
Best season:from April to August
Day 1   
Your arriving in Chengdu, show you around in the city and so some easy birding in the parks. Depends on your arriving time.
 
Day 2     
In the morning, drive to Wolong. A long driving day but not boring, the view out of window are quite nice!
 
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 know as the headquarters of the World Wildlife Fund, to save the species from extinction, especially pandas.
 
Day 3  
Start at 3 am., Drive to Beimuping in Mt.Balangshan, where you can probably see a flock of wood snipes fly over in the darkness before dawn.  Then drive back to hotel at lunch time, you can take a rest or birding around the hotel (you may see or even take good photos of golden pheasants just through your window in hotel room), or Birding through the horse trail in Shawan behind the hotel.
 
Day 4  
Full time birding in Wolong
 
Day 5  
Start from Wolong, birding along the way to Mt. Four Ladies (or Siguniangshan). (You may see a big number of Grandala near Balangshan Pass.)  Overnight under the foot of Siguniangshan Mountain.
 
Day 6  
Drive from Mt. Four Ladies to Maerkang (Capital of Kham district). 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,
 
 
 
Day 7  
Birding in Mt.Mengbishan forest, live in Maerkang
 
Day 8  
To Hongyuan, birding along the way on the Tibetan grass land
 
Day 9   
Hongyuan---Waqie---Tangke---Ruoergai---Flora Lake, This area is on the edge of Tibetan plateau, including grass land swamp and hills, so there are a lot of big birds.
 
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   
From Ruoergai pass by Chuanzhusi to Jiuzhaigou, live in Jiuzhaigou
 
Day 11-12  
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, Pre David's Owl, Sooty Tit, Chinese Thrush, Chinese Leaf Warbler, Chinese Nuthatch, Pre David's Tit,  Sukatschev's Laughingthrush, and Three-toed Parrotbill   
 
Day 13
A long day drives back to Chengdu.
 
Day14
Departure from Chengdu
 
 
Pace & Walking: Leisure pace, involve some long hikes over steep and densely forested terrain. From easy to moderate. Mostly about 3000M, but we need contend with the altitude effect of up to 4500m.
 
Climate: Variable. At lower altitudes it is generally warm or hot (and often rather humid), while at higher altitudes temperatures range from cool to decidedly cold. At this season sunny periods alternate with rainy, overcast weather (and it may even snow at high altitudes).
 
Meals: The Meals in China is always one of the most memorable parts of any tour. We will offer you the very local yummy all the trip!
 
Accommodations:
The accommodation used will be always the available top grade hotels or hostels which close to birds.
 
Other attractions: Pandas, Jiuzhaigou National Park, Mt.Siguniang,
 
Bird Photography: Excellent but somewhat limited time.