Sichuan Birding tour Introduction
Sichuan lies at the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau and this superb province has the richest concentration of Chinese specialities, holding around two-thirds of the country's endemic birds! Not only does Sichuan offer the best opportunities for seeing China's prime specialities, but due to the great diversity of its habitats, ranging from the subtropical lowlands of the Red Basin and rich evergreen foothill forests to cool temperate zone forests, alpine meadows and dramatic snow-capped mountain peaks, the province has a remarkable wealth of birds in general. Even then there is more to Sichuan, for beyond these rocky ramparts lie the vast grasslands of the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau. A total of about 1,300 bird species have been recorded in China, and over 600 of theses have been recorded in Sichuan. There is also a high number of bird species at least 60 unique to China, 25 of theses species are more or less confined to Sichuan. It is theses rare birds, particularly the gorgeous pheasants, as well as many more widespread species, which the World's birdwatchers are literally queuing up to look for. Without a doubt Sichuan is the very best of China
Many of the World's more beautiful flowers can also be seen in Suchuan, especially rhododendrons, Viburnums, roses, primulas, anemones, gentians, arisamas and orchids. The forests, which include subtropical lowland, broadleaf evergreen and temperate zones, are contained of an extraordinary Varity of tree species. Flower-filled alpine meadows below snow-capped peaks complete what is a botanist's dream.