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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Tour programme:

Chengdu Arrival:

Day 1: Arrival at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport: chauffeured transfer to your hotel. 
Wolong/Mt. Balang:

Day 2: Drive to view the ancient Dujiangyan irrigation system, still functional today, and continue to Wolong Nature Reserve and its famous panda research centre.  
Day 3: Enjoy a day trekking in Wuyipeng, a sanctuary for pandas and an ideal area for birdwatching, return to Wolong for overnight.
Day 4: Spend your day bird watching in the area around Mt. Balang, and return to Wolong for the night. 

Hongyuan/Zoige:

Day 5: Leave early to head for Hongyuan, passing by Tibetan villages en route and making some stops along the way for bird watching.
Day 6: Your route today, passing through prime bird watching territory on a high plateau, leads to Zoige, a gorgeous wetland area and hoome to China’s black-necked cranes.

Jiuzhaigou National Park:

Day 7: Continue driving across rugged, high terrain to reach the Jiuzhaigou National Park, a place with fairyland scenery and numerous endemic bird species.
Day 8: Trek through the park’s primitive forests, excellent bird watching territory, and view Grass Lake and Pearl Lake before returning to your hotel.
Day 9: Today, explore the park’s Zezhawa Valley, pass by several beautiful lakes and visit Nuoriland Waterfalls.

Wanglang Nature Reserve:

Day 10: Drive from Jiuzhaigou to Wanglang Nature Reserve, an area dedicated to protecting giant panda habitat, which is also a prime bird watching environment.
Day 11: Spend the day bird watching in the lush forests of Wanglang Reserve.

Chengdu:

Day 12: Return to Chengdu, with possible breaks for casual bird watching at either Dufu Thatched Cottage Museum and Park, or Wangjiang Park in Chengdu City.
Departure:

Day 13: This morning you’ll be free until your driver arrives to transfer you to the airport for your departing flight.
Price:
The price for this sample tour based on group of 2 persons: Contact us
Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.

* Note: Our trips are entirely tailor made and departures can be arranged all year. This itinerary is simply a suggestion which can be modified entirely to your personal requirements including departure date, duration, accommodation used and how long you spend in each destination. 



The prices include:
• Breakfasts and accommodation sharing a twin or double room
• Eleven lunches and eleven dinners
• Experienced English-speaking guides
• Private chauffeur-driven air conditioned cars as appropriate



The prices exclude:
• Visas
• Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
• Insurance




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