Yunnan Dali-Gaoligongshan Birding Tour
March 02 - March 14 2015
With terrain ranging from tropical rainforest to snow-capped peaks and peoples from Thai to Tibetan,Yunnan is the most varied of China's provinces and is one of the most alluring destinations in the entire country. From the snowclad 6,000m peaks of Meilixue Shan in the northwest to the jungles of Xishuangbanna in the south, Yunnan boasts every kind of habitat, and the longest provincial bird list in China with more than 800 species. It also boasts half of China's plant and animal species.Yunnan is also well known for its year-round mild climate. There are numerous excellent areas for bird watching in Yunnan.
Destinations: Kunming, Zixishan, Dali, Baoshan, Gaoligongshan, Baihualing, Kunming
Birds Possible: 250-300 species
Lady Amherst's Phesants
Day 1__2nd March 2015 Arrive in Kunming Dinner
Today you will arrive in the spring city,Kunming. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
1-night in 4* Golden Dragon Hotel or similar.
Day 2__3rd March 2015 Kunming to Zixishan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Do morning birding in Kunming around QiongzuTemple(7km), after lunch drive to Zixishan Reserve (200km).
2-night in Zixishan Reserve.
Girant Nuthatch Nest
Day 3__4th March 2015 Zixishan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
A whole day birding in Zixishan Reserve, a good place for Giant Nuthatch, Yunnan Nuthatch, Tree creeper, Ms Hume's pheasants!
Day 4__5th March 2015 Zixishan to Dali Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After morning birding in Zixishan, we will drive to Dali in the afternoon.
2-night in Dali Landscape Hotel or similar.
Day 5__6th March 2015 Dali Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Birdwatching in Mt.Cangshan in the morning. You will have a good opportunity to see Lady Amhersts, fire-tailed sunbirds and blood pheasant at 3100m elevation in the morning. Do bird watching in the farmland in the afternoon.
Day 6__7th March 2015 Dali to Baoshan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After morning birding in Cangshan, we will drive to Bawan in Baoshan city (280km). Baoshan is the main stepping off point for birders visiting Gaoligongshan. Evening bird watching for tropic birds along theNujiangRiverin the valley and farmland.
1-night in Baoshan Hotel or similar.
Day 7__8th March 2015 Baoshan to Baihualing Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After morning birdwatching, drive to Baihualing in Gaoligongshan. Do birding along the road. 3-night in Baihualing Hostel.
There are three main parts to the Gaoligongshan Nature Reserve - Baihualing Nature Reserve, Dahaoping Nature Reserve and Nankang Nature Reserve. Baihualing is by far the best, and also the most easily accessible part of theGaolingongMountains. Birds at Baihualing include Sclater's Monal (high elevations only), Silver and Mrs. Hume's Pheasants, Stripe-breasted Woodpecker, Ward's Trogon (rare), Brown Wood Owl, Hodgson's Frogmouth, White-bellied Green Pigeon, Long-tailed Broadbill, White-winged Magpie (rare), three species of shortwing including Gould's, Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Spotted, Grey-sided, Blue-winged, Scaly and Red-tailed Laughingthrushes, Coral and Slender-billed Scimitar Babblers, Grey-bellied Wren Babbler, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Yellow-throated Fulvetta and Beautiful Sibia. Arguably Baihualing's greatest avian attraction however is Cachar Wedge-billed Wren, a species that's not uncommon here. Dark-rumped Swift has even been reported here.
Day 8 to Day 9__9th to 10th March 2015 Gaoligongshan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Birdwatching in Gaoligongshan. Overnight in Baihualing Hostel.
Day 10__11th March 2015 Baihualing to Baoshan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After morning birding in Baihualing, Drive back to Bawan, birding on the way.
1-night in Baoshan Hotel.
Day 11__12th March 2015 Baoshan to Dali Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Drive back to Dali, after morning birding nearNujiangValley.
1-night in Dali Landscape Hotel or similar.
Day 12__13th March 2015 Dali toKunming Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Drive back to Kunmingand visit the Bird and Flower Market.
1-night in Golden Dragon Hotel or similar.
Day 13__14th March 2015 Departure Breakfast
Your Yunnan Birding Tour is quite near the end. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to home or next destination. Welcome back any time.
1. 12 nights' accommodation as mentioned in the schedule. Two people share a twin room.
2. English speaking birding guide.
3. 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners including seasonal fruits.
4. Group transfer as described.
5. Tour sites entrance fee.