Sichuan Province is China’s premier birdwatching area, with many of its sites host to such feathered luminaries as Golden, Lady Amherst’s, Blood and White-eared Pheasants, Temmink’s Tragopans, Chinese Monals, Black Necked Cranes, Hume’s Groundpeckers, Sichuan Jays, Lammergeiers, Blue Magpies, Firethroats, Gould’s Sunbirds, Wallcreepers, Grandalas, White-speckled Laughingthrushes, Golden-breasted Fulvettas, Hume’s Groundpeckers, White-browed Tit Warblers among a bewildering variety of others.

 

The Adjacent Tibetan Plateau is home to Blue-eared Pheasants, Chinese Grouse, Tibetan Sandgrouse, Tibetan and Himalayan Snowcocks, Isisbills, Snowfinches, Rosefinches, Przevalski’s Redstarts and Henderson’s Ground Jays among many others. The best time to visit Suchuan and Tibet for birding is during the spring, especially May.

 

Bordering these areas, Yunnan Province, best visited in winter, especially during December and January, offers the chance to spot Black-necked Cranes, Yunnan and Giant Nuthatches, Long-tailed Wren-babblers, Fire-tailed Sunbirds, Himalayan Cutia, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Hooded Pittas, Sptted Elachuras, Pale-billed Parrotbills, Red-tailed Laughingthrushes and Collared Mynas and a vast array of other bird species which can also be seen in close by Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.

 

Beidaihe, on the coast due east of Beijing is another birding hotspot whose feathered inhabitants include Siberian Rubythroats, Siberian Thrushes, Siberian Blue Robins Needletail Swifts, Oriental White Storks, Lanceolated Warblers, Mugimaki Flycatchers, Chestnut-eared Buntings, Asian Dowitchers, Spoon-billed Sandpipers, Fairy Pittas, Blue-fronted Redstarts, Mongolian Larks, Long tailed Minivets and Blue Whistling Thrushes among a host of others. Best visited during the spring.

Country: China
Type of holiday: Birding
Destinations: Jiuzhaigou National Park
Duration: 13
Guideline price: US$ 4895     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This tour brings you to prime birding locations around northern Sichuan Province, with species unique to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. In Sichuan’s spectacular natural landscape, June and July are the best time for bird watching. The most well-known birds in this rugged region are the Gorgeous Pheasant (Chrysolophus Pictus), also called the Bird of China, and the Black-necked Crane (Crus Nigricoliis), a particularly rare and precious bird of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Don’t miss your chance to see the precious feathered inhabitants of this remote corner of China.

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