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20 Days Private Tour Chengdu – Longcanggou – Erlangshan – Labahe – Siguniangshan – Balangshan - Wolong – Balangshan – Siguniangshan – Zhuokeji – Hongyuan – Ruoergai – Gonggangling – Jiuzhaigou – Gonggangling - Huanglong – Tangjiahe - Chengdu
Sichuan is located in the southwest of China, in the transition zone of the three climatic regions of the mid-subtropical areas, the northern subtropics, and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and is not far from the warm temperate zone and the middle temperate zone to the north. Sichuan is an area where various geographical elements meet. From the Yulin River at an altitude of 150 meters in the east to the Gongga Mountain at an altitude of 7556 meters in the southwest, and spanning 8 latitudes from north to south and 11 longitudes from east to west, Sichuan is a large-scale, composite ecological transition zone in the center and west of China and includes all habitat types except the ocean.

With rich bird resources, Sichuan boasts more than 750 bird species, 41 species of which are Chinese endemic birds and rank first in China.

We will go through several bird-watching resorts in this tour: the high mountain and canyon bird area in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the high mountain and wetland bird area in Aba Autonomous Prefecture of Tibetan and Qiang Minority, the western China rainy zone bird area and the Tangjiahe-Qinling Nature Reserve.

Among them, Emei Mountain, Wawu Mountain, Longcang Valley and Erlang Shan Mountain area are known as “rainy area of west China” and have become ideal habitats for many birds, especially parrotbill (Paradoxornis). It is the most concentrated place for parrotbill species in China, and most of them are unique in China, such as Grey-hooded Parrotbill (Paradoxornis zappeyi), Three-toed Parrotbill  (Paradoxornis paradoxus), Emei Liocichla (Liocichla omeiensis), Golden-fronted Fulvetta (Pseudominla variegaticeps), Sichuan treecreeper (Certhia tianquanensis), Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus). At the same time, it is also a kingdom of azaleas and a great place to watch insects at night.

Wolong - Balang Shan Mountain - Mengbi Shan Mountain is a concentrated and representative area of wild birds of the Qionglai Mountains. There are some very representative birds concentrated here, such as Chinese Monal (Lophophorus lhuysii), Temminck’s Tragopan (Tragopan temminckii), Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus), Tibetan Snowcock (Tetraogallus tibetanus), Szechenyi's Monal-Partridge (Tetraophasis szechenyii), etc. It is a good place to watch Firethroat (Calliope pectardens). However, you can watch raptor like Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier, Gypaetus barbatus) and many birds of Corvidate like Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Yellow-billed Chough (Alpine Chough, Pyrrhocorax graculus). If we have luck, we can see the spectacular event of Grandala (Grandala coelicolor) gathering together. Wood Snipe haunts at the wet grassy slopes of the mountainside of Wolong.

The wetland on Ruoergai Plateau is the most beautiful wetland in China, and is one of the major breeding place for Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis) and birds of anatidae on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Besides, it is the paradise for birds of prey that you can often watch, such as Himalayan Vulture (Gyps himalayensis), Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus), Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier, Gypaetus barbatus), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug), Grey Sea Eagle (White-talied Sea Eagle, Haliaeetus albicilla), Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis), Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), etc. If we are lucky, we can watch Pallas’s Fish-eagle (Haliaeetus leucoryphus). Forest areas are also ideal places for observing birds, flocks of Blue Eared Pheasant (Crossoptilon auritum) and Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus) are appearing at the grassland of forest edge, and Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) can be seen almost everywhere. Besides, many others are active in this area, such as Black-hcoled Jay (Sichuan Jay, Sichuan Grey Jay, Perisoreus internigrans), Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush (Ianthocincla sukatschewi, Garrulax sukatschewi), White-browed Tit Warbler (Leptopoecile sophiae), Great Titi (Parus major), Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus), wolf and fox.

Jiuzhaigou - Huanglong area is also a bird kingdom. Except these birds that are popular with bird watching lovers, such as Chinese Monal, Sichuan wood owl (Pere David's Owl, Strix davidi), Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush (Ianthocincla sukatschewi, Garrulax sukatschewi), Grey-crowned Crowtit (Paradoxornis przewalskii), Black-hcoled Jay (Sichuan Jay, Sichuan Grey Jay, Perisoreus internigrans) and Sichuan treecreeper (Certhia tianquanensis), the other nightingales are worth paying attention, such as Blackthroat (Black-throated Robin, Luscinia obscura), Rufous-headed Robin (Luscinia ruficeps), etc.

In addition to the rare animal Takin in Tangjiahe, bird-watching enthusiasts took the Grey-crowned Crowtit (Paradoxornis przewalskii) for the first time, which makes Tangjiahe Nature Reserve quickly become one of the focus of bird-watching lovers. It is also a good place for watching Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus), Chinese Monal (Lophophorus lhuysii), Rufous-headed Robin (Luscinia ruficeps), Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush (Ianthocincla sukatschewi, Garrulax sukatschewi).

During this bird-watching journey, we can not only observe a large number of rare birds, but also enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of the Tibetan area in Sichuan, and experience the Tibetan customs, and view the glorious scene of the world-class forest parks Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong, Siguniang Mountain, Wolong Nature Reserve, Ruoergai wetland, Tangjiahe Nature Reserve, etc.
Highlights
Bird Watching Travel in Western Sichuan
DAY
1

Arrive in Chengdu

Home town of panda. Kuanzhai Xiangzi, drink tea in People’s Park

Arrive in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province and the hometown of panda. Picked up by the local guide at airport and then transfer to the People’s Park in the city center. have a seat in an old teahouse and enjoy your covered-bowl tea in a comfortable environment with bamboo chair and bamboo table. The tea culture of Chengdu is well known throughout China. After that have a walk at the Broad Lane and Narrow Lane(Kuan Xiangzi and Zhai Xiangzi) to enjoy the leisure life. It consists 3 alleys: Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley, and Jing Alley. Here you can experience the typical lifestyle - old Chengdu, leisure life, slow life and new life at each alley.

Overnight at 4*Xinliang Hotel
Tea House in People’s Park
Tea House in People’s Park
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
2

Chengdu – Longcang Gou

Bird watching in Botanical garden

Today drive to Botanical garden for bird watching, then transfer to Longcang Gou.

Here we may see:
Black-throated Tit
Pycnonotus sinensis
Oriental Magpie-Robin
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
Ashy-throated parrotbil
Rufous-faced warbler
Claudia’s warbler
White-browed Laughingthrush
Chinese grosbeak
Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler
Long-tailed Shrike
Tiger Shrike
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher
Chinese Blackbird
Amur Paradise-Flycatcher
Spotted Dove
Common Blackbird
Grey-capped Greenfinch
Red-billed Leiothrix
Fork-tailed Sunbird
Chinese Bamboo Partridge

187 km
2 hours 30 minutes
Overnight at Hulin Shanzhuang Guesthouse
Breakfast
Long-tailed Shrike
Long-tailed Shrike
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
3

Birding in Longcanggou Forest Park

Watch birds in Longcanggou Forest Park

We’ll spend two days exploring several different habitats in these mountains, ranging from deciduous forest on the lower slopes to tracts of bamboo and stands of mixed coniferous-rhododendron forest higher up.

Here we may see:
Grey-hooded Parrotbill
Himalayan Owl
Emeï Liocichla
Sichuan Partridge (rarely seen)
Vivid Niltava (possible future split)
Sichuan Bush Warbler (open forest edge)
Spotted, Yellowish-bellied, Brown, Brown-flanked & Aberrant Bush-Warbler
Lady Amherst Pheasant (best chance is driving slow up and down the road that leads to the reserve
Golden Parrotbill
Golden-fronted Fulvetta (rare)
Sichuan Forest Thrush
Streaked Barwing (rare, on the top)
Sichuan treecreeper (near the green fence on the top)
White-browed Shortwing
Buffy Laughingthrush
Spotted laughingthrush
Red-winged laughingthrush
Chinese blue-flycatcher
Greenish Warbler
Elliot’s Laughingthrush
White-collared Yuhina
Eurasian Hoopoe
Golden-breasted Fulvetta
Blue-winged Minla
Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird
Verditer Flycatcher
Large-billed Leaf Warbler
Long-tailed Minivet
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
Grey-hooded Fulvetta
Yellow-bellied Tit
Yellow-bellied Bush Warbler
Darjeeling Woodpecker
Yellow-browed Tit
Yellow-browed Warbler
Grey Wagtail
Coal Tit
Sichuan Leaf Warbler
Spotted Nutcracker
Large Hawk-Cuckoo
Chestnut-crowned Warbler
Brown Parrotbill
Fire-capped Tit

Overnight at Hulin Shanzhuang Guesthouse
Breakfast
Lady Amherst Pheasant
Lady Amherst Pheasant
DAY
4

Birding in Longcanggou Forest Park

Watch birds in Longcanggou Forest Park

We’ll spend two days exploring several different habitats in these mountains, ranging from deciduous forest on the lower slopes to tracts of bamboo and stands of mixed coniferous-rhododendron forest higher up.

Here we may see:
Grey-hooded Parrotbill
Himalayan Owl
Emeï Liocichla
Sichuan Partridge (rarely seen)
Vivid Niltava (possible future split)
Sichuan Bush Warbler (open forest edge)
Spotted, Yellowish-bellied, Brown, Brown-flanked & Aberrant Bush-Warbler
Lady Amherst Pheasant (best chance is driving slow up and down the road that leads to the reserve
Golden Parrotbill
Golden-fronted Fulvetta (rare)
Sichuan Forest Thrush
Streaked Barwing (rare, on the top)
Sichuan treecreeper (near the green fence on the top)
White-browed Shortwing
Buffy Laughingthrush
Spotted laughingthrush
Red-winged laughingthrush
Chinese blue-flycatcher
Greenish Warbler
Elliot’s Laughingthrush
White-collared Yuhina
Eurasian Hoopoe
Golden-breasted Fulvetta
Blue-winged Minla
Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird
Verditer Flycatcher
Large-billed Leaf Warbler
Long-tailed Minivet
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
Grey-hooded Fulvetta
Yellow-bellied Tit
Yellow-bellied Bush Warbler
Darjeeling Woodpecker
Yellow-browed Tit
Yellow-browed Warbler
Grey Wagtail
Coal Tit
Sichuan Leaf Warbler
Spotted Nutcracker
Large Hawk-Cuckoo
Chestnut-crowned Warbler
Brown Parrotbill
Fire-capped Tit

Overnight at Hulin Shanzhuang Guesthouse
Breakfast
White-collared Yuhina
White-collared Yuhina
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
5

Longcan Gou - Erlang Shan - Labahe

Erlang Shan, Labahe Nature Reserve

Drive to Erlang Shan to watch birds. If there is enough time, drive to Labahe, comprised of mixed forests and pockets of dense bamboo, to watch birds. The vegetation and the altitude of the reserve make it become a perfect habitat for the elusive and endearing red panda. These characterful creatures are adapted to the environment that is 2,200 meters above sea level. Besides, there are various mammals and birds that can be gotten here.

Here we may see:
Lady Amherst Pheasant
Chinese Monal
Temminck’s Tragopan
White-collared Yuhina
Dusky Thrush
White Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Elliot’s Laughingthrush
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
Emei Leaf Warbler
Rosy Pipit
Claudia’s Leaf Warbler
Brown Dipper
Plumbeous Water Redstart
Slaty-blue Flycatcher
Arctic Warbler
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush

Wild animals
Red Panda
Tibetan macaque
Chinese water deer

122 km
1 hour 45 minutes
Overnight at Lanshanjing Hotel
Breakfast
Kessler’s Thrush
Kessler’s Thrush
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
6

Labahe Nature Reserve

Watch birds in Labahe Nature Reserve

The whole day watch birds there, and here we may see red pandas.

Here we may see:
Lady Amherst Pheasant
Chinese Monal
Temminck’s Tragopan
White-collared Yuhina
Dusky Thrush
White Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Elliot’s Laughingthrush
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
Emei Leaf Warbler
Rosy Pipit
Claudia’s Leaf Warbler
Brown Dipper
Plumbeous Water Redstart
Slaty-blue Flycatcher
Arctic Warbler
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush

Wild animals
Red Panda
Tibetan macaque
Chinese water deer

Overnight at Lanshanjing Hotel
Breakfast
Slaty-blue Flycatcher
Slaty-blue Flycatcher
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
7

Labahe - Siguniang Shan

Crossing Jiajin Shan

In the early morning, drive to Siguniang Shan and then cross Jiajin Shan to watch birds (If it is a small group, you can passing through the Erlang Tunnel to watch birds).

Here we may see:
Chinese Song Thrush (the best place)
Lady Amherst Pheasant (the best place) along the road heard in the bamboo and then higher between 2800 and 3100mjust after the new constructed tunnel (2014) in sparsely vegetated area
Barred & Black-faced Laughingthrush
Moupinia = Rufous-tailed Babbler
Streaked Barwing
Firethroat
Yellow-bellied Tit
Black-browed Tit
Black-streaked Scimitar-Babbler
Yellow-bellied Tit
Chestnut-headed Tesia
Black-browed Bushtit
Brown Parrotbill
Sharpe’s Rosefinch
Long-tailed Minivet
White-capped Redstart
Chestnut Thrush
White Eared Pheasant
Brandt’s Mountain Finch
Hill Pigeon

276km
6 hours 21 minutes
Overnight at Yunshang Hotel
Breakfast
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
8

Siguniang Shan - Wolong

Watch birds in Wolong

Today drive to Wolong and pass through the Balang Tunnel (If the weather is good, you can cross the Balang Shan via the old road to watch birds instead of passing the tunnel).

Here we may see:
Grandala coelicolor
White-browed Tit Warbler
Sichuan Forest Thrush (that can be seen feeding on the grass between rock and snow) ; between km92 et km88 ; at lower trail
Chestnut Thrush from the monument and below
Kessler’s Thrush above 3000m ; between km92 and the pass
Alpine Thrush
Chinese Rubythroat (split) when the meadow + some bushes start
Salim Ali Swift
Temminck’s Tagopan
Chinese Monal
Tibetan Snowcock
Snow Partridge
Chestnut-throated Partridge = Verreaux’s Monal-Partridge
Tibetan Partridge
White-eared Pheasant (above the tunnel)
Lady Amherst Pheasant (lower trail)
Slaty Bunting
Chines Fulvetta
Firethroat (lower trail)
Black-browed Bushtit
Red-fronted, Spot-winged, Chinese Beautiful, Chinese White-browed, Dark-breasted, Vinaceous, Pink-rumped & Streaked Rosefinch (even the rare Sharpe’s is possible)
Alpine & Sichuan Leaf-Warbler
Brandt’s Mountain Finch on the west slope further down
Wood Snipe (good views by day time by Birdquest)
Snow Pigeon
Yellow-streaked Warbler
Rosy Pipit
Rufous-breasted Accentor
Alpine Accentor
Kessler’s Thrush
Red-billed Chough
Crested Goshawk
Red-flanked Bluetail
Blue-fronted Redstart
Rufous-vented Tit
White-breasted Waterhe
Koklass Pheasant
Upland Buzzard
Collared Grosbeak
White-browed Fulvetta

Wild animals
Red fox
Blue Sheep
Wolf
Deer
Bear

264 km
4 hours 36 minutes
Overnight at Immersing Hotels & Resorts Panda
Breakfast
Blue-fronted Redstart
Blue-fronted Redstart
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
9

Wolong National Nature Reserve

Wolong National Nature Reserve, the giant pandas in Shenshuping Panda Base

Watch birds in Wolong with whole day. As the world-renowned headquarter of Giant Panda conservation, Wolong also has offered much service for birders. Although we’re unlikely to see a wild Giant Panda here (though we have seen Red Panda in the reserve), the whole ares boast very beautiful scenery. There are many truly outstanding birds in the magnificently forested mountains, extensive stands of bamboo, splendid alpine meadows, and rugged snow capped peaks.
With the whole area 200,000 hm², Wolong National Nature Reserve is 52 km long from east to west and 62 km wide from south to north. It is one of the China earliest natural reverses that is rated the preservation zones network of “mankind and living beings” by the Organization of Education, Science and Culture of United Nations (UNESCO). There are very green plants, such as the virgin forest, second bush forest and bamboo groves. There are over 4,000 kinds of high-level plants, 24 kinds of which are valuable plants, such as Gongtong (Chinese dove tree), red China fir, Lianxiang and so on. There are more than 450 kinds of vertebras, 45 kinds of which are rated national focal preserved animals, such as giant panda, golden monkeys, antelopes, white-mouth deer etc. The natural beautiful scene is quiet and secluded. Visit the Shenshuping Panda Base in Wolong. With about 50 pandas living here, Shenshuping Panda Base is the largest breeding center for giant pandas, integrating scientific research, feeding, breeding, reproduction, wildness training, etc..

Here we may see:
Blackthroat
Spotted Laughingthrush
Slaty Bunting
Temminck’s Tragopan
Golden Pheasant
(Koklass & Blood Pheasant + Chinese Grouse have been seen)
Firethroat (ridge trail at the intersection of the two trail, usually in bamboo understorey)
Two-barred Laughingthrush+++
Pigmy & Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler
Large-billed, Sichuan & Kloss’s Leaf-Warbler
Claudia’s, Blanchi’s & Martens Warbler
Rufous-gorgeted & Slaty-backed Flycatcher
Golden-breasted & Streak-thrated Fulvetta
White-collared Yuhina
Yellow-bellied, Yellow-browed & Grey-crested Tit
White-tailed Robin
White-browed Bush-Robin
Great & Three-toed Parrotbill
Long-tailed Thrush (main trail to research station)
Sichuan Forest Thrush (in the end afternoon, feeding on the ground on the ridge trail)
Chestnut Thrush
White-capped Redstart
Emei Leaf Warbler
Claudia’s Leaf Warbler
Rusty-breasted Tit
Yunnan Fulvetta
Babax lanceolatus (Chinese Babax)
Eurasian Treecreeper
Black-breasted Parrotbill
Golden-breasted Fulvetta
Spectacled Fulvetta

Wild animals
Giant Pandas
Pika
Takin
Red panda
Blue sheep

Overnight at Immersing Hotels & Resorts Panda
Breakfast
Rusty-breasted Tit
Rusty-breasted Tit
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
10

Wolong - Siguniang Shan

Enjoy the beautiful sunset of Siguniang Shan at Maobiliang

Drive back to Balang Shan and explore birds on the way. If the weather is well, enjoy the beautiful landscape of sunset of Siguniang Shan at Maobiliang.

Here we may see:
Grandala coelicolor
White-browed Tit Warbler
Sichuan Forest Thrush (that can be seen feeding on the grass between rock and snow) ; between km92 et km88 ; at lower trail
Chestnut Thrush from the monument and below
Kessler’s Thrush above 3000m ; between km92 and the pass
Alpine Thrush
Chinese Rubythroat (split) when the meadow + some bushes start
Salim Ali Swift
Temminck’s Tagopan
Chinese Monal
Tibetan Snowcock
Snow Partridge
Chestnut-throated Partridge = Verreaux’s Monal-Partridge
Tibetan Partridge
White-eared Pheasant (above the tunnel)
Lady Amherst Pheasant (lower trail)
Slaty Bunting
Chines Fulvetta
Firethroat (lower trail)
Black-browed Bushtit
Red-fronted, Spot-winged, Chinese Beautiful, Chinese White-browed, Dark-breasted, Vinaceous, Pink-rumped & Streaked Rosefinch (even the rare Sharpe’s is possible)
Alpine & Sichuan Leaf-Warbler
Brandt’s Mountain Finch on the west slope further down
Wood Snipe (good views by day time by Birdquest)
Snow Pigeon
Yellow-streaked Warbler
Rosy Pipit
Rufous-breasted Accentor
Alpine Accentor
Kessler’s Thrush
Red-billed Chough
Crested Goshawk
Red-flanked Bluetail
Blue-fronted Redstart
Rufous-vented Tit
White-breasted Waterhe
Koklass Pheasant
Upland Buzzard
Collared Grosbeak
White-browed Fulvetta

Wild animals
Red fox
Blue Sheep
Wolf
Deer
Bear

100 km
2 hours
Overnight at Yunshang Hotel
Breakfast
Temminck’s Tragopan
Temminck’s Tragopan
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
11

Siguniang Shan - Mengbi Shan – Zhuokeji

Visit Mengbi Shan

Drive to Zhuokeji via Mengbi Shan, and look for some birds on the way.

Here we may see:
Verreaux Monal Partridge (the best place) when you ear them calling, play tape they come
White-eared Phaeasant
Chinese Grouse
Sichuan Owl
Sichuan Jay (the only place on the tour)
Chinese Song Thrush
Long-tailed Thrush
Chestnut Thrush
Kessler’s Thrush
Chinese Blackbird in valley
Giant Laughingthrush
Chinese Fulvetta
Przewalski’s Nuthatch
Crested Tit-Warbler
Rufous-breasted accentor
Slaty-backed & rothschildi Siberian Flycatcher
Pink-rumped, Chinese Beautiful & Chinese White-browed Rosefinch
Long-tailed Rosefinch
Streaked Rosefinch
White-winged grosbeak
Tibetan Siskin
Rufous-vented & Grey-crested Tit
Maroon-backed Accentor
Three-banded Rosefinch
White-throated Redstart
Spotted Laughingthrush
Blood Pheasant
White Eared Pheasant
Blue Rock Thrush
Great Tit
Long-tailed Shrike
Taiga Flycatcher
Goldcrest
Rufous-vented Tit
Grey-headed Bullfinch
Blue-fronted Redstart
Eastern Buzzard
Grey-backed Shrike

Wild animals
Fox
Wolf

187 km
4 hours 51 minutes
Overnight at Datusi Yinxiang Hotel
Breakfast
Chinese White-browed Rosefinch
Chinese White-browed Rosefinch
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
12

Zhuokeji – Mengbi Shan – Tangke – Ruoergai

Visit Mengbi Shan

In the morning drive to Mengbi Shan. The Mengbi Mountain is in the transitional zone between the Sichuan Basin and the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, and provides some important habitat for a wide range of species. There are a number of target birds for us. Then drive to Ruoergai.

Here we may see:
Black-necked Crane
White-browed Tit
Sichuan Tit
White-browed Tit-Warbler
Tibetan Partridge
Tibetan Shrike (around Waqi)
Chinese Grey Shrike
Przevalski’s finch = Pink-tailed Bunting
Tibetan wagtail (split)
Hume Ground Tit
Tibetan snow finch
Black-necked Snowfinch
Pere David Laughingthrush
Saker Falcon
Common Pheasant
Godlewski’s Bunting
Przevalski’s Finch
Robin Accentor
Daurian Jackdaw
Eastern Buzzard
Ruddy Shelduck

Wild animal
Chinese water deer
Bear

317 km
5 hours 36 minutes
Overnight at Dazang Holy Land Hotel
Breakfast
Blue-fronted Redstart
Blue-fronted Redstart
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
13

Ruoergai – Baxi – Baozhuo - Flower Lake – Ruoergai

Baxi Forest, Baozhuo Country, Flower Lake

In the morning drive to Baxi Forest and Flower Lake. There are many exciting birds and other wildlife at the Baxi Forest and Flower Lake. The wetlands here are known as ‘the lungs of Sichuan’ and are the most important wetlands in the province. Afterwards drive back to Ruoergai.

Here we may see:
Przevalski’s finch = Pink-tailed Bunting
Blue Eared Pheasant
Chinese Nuthatch
Sukatchew’s Laughingthrush
Slaty-backed Flycatcher
Blue-eared Pheasant
Chinese Grouse
Verreaux’s Monal-Partridge
Sichuan Tit (split from Songar)
Przewaslski Nuthatch
Sichuan jay
Chinese Blackbird at Baxi
Yellow-streaked warbler (near end.) +++
Plain laughingthrush+++
White-rumped Snowfinch
Rufous-necked Snowfinch
Tibetan Lark
Brown-cheeked Rail (a surprise for a group)
Mandarin Duck
Ruddy Shelduck
Black-necked Crane
Black Redstart
Common Pheasant
Long-legged Buzzard
Carrion Crow
Blood Pheasant
Yellow-browed Warbler
Great Spotted Woodpecker
White-throated Redstart
Whiskered Tern
Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch

220 km
4 hours
Overnight at Dazang Holy Land Hotel
Breakfast
Przewaslski Nuthatch
Przewaslski Nuthatch
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
14

Ruoergai - Chuanzhu Si – Gonggangling – Jiuzhaigou

Ruoergai area, watch birds in Galitai, Chuanzhu Si and Gonggangling,

We will have a final morning birding in the grasslands and wetlands around Ruoergai area. At noon, drive to Jiuzhai Gou via Galitai, Chuanzhu Si and Gonggangling, and look for birds on the way.

Here we may see:
Chinese Groose (rare)
Blue Eared-Pheasant
Crested Tit-Warbler
Three-banded Rosefinch
Maroon-backed Accentor
White-cheeked Nuthatch
Hodgson’s Treecreeper
White-bellied Redstart
Spotted Bush-Warbler
Spectacled Fulvetta
White-browed Tit
Blood Pheasant (behind roadmender’s hut)
Sichuan Forest Thrush (flushed in the forest behind roadmender’s hut)
Long-tailed Thrush
Chinese Song Thrush (singing from the top of a fir tree)
Sukatschew’s Laughingthrush
Barred Laughingthrush
maroon-backed Accentor
blue-eared Pheasant
Rufous-vented Tit

232 km
3 hours 41 minutes
Overnight 4*Jiuzhai Resort Hotel
Breakfast
Crested Tit-Warbler
Crested Tit-Warbler
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
15

Jiuzhaigou National Park

Jiuzhaigou National Park, watch birds

Have a tour in the Jiuzhaigou National Park to watch birds and take photos full day.
Jiuzhaigou is named after the nine Tibetan villages in the scenic area. As the “soul of Jiuzhaigou”, the water is purely and crystal-like clear and rich in colors. There goes the saying that no water is worth your attention after your visit to Jiuzhaigou. The water, the reflection on the bank, the stone mill, the Tibetan villages, the Buddhist streamers and the songs and dances of the Tibetan and Qiang people constitute the unique tourist culture of Jiuzhaigou. 114 green lakes, 47 springs, 17 over flying waterfall groups, 11 sections of turbulent streams, 5 Karst shoals, vast primitive forest and three Tibetan villages are distributed among the three valleys. It has an area of 1320 square km, including 30,000 hectares of primitive forest where 2576 proto species are living here, including scores of state-protected animals and plants, such as the giant panda, golden monkey and mono-leaf grass.

Here we may see:
Luscinia ruficeps
Prunella rubeculoides
Garrulax sukatschewi
Parus rubidiventris
Mergus merganser
Phalacrocorax carbo
Bubulcus ibis
Anas platyrhynchos
Yuhina diademata
Strix aluco
Ketupa flavipes
Strix davidi
Perisoreus internigrans
Cinclus pallasii
Cinclus cinclus
Dendrocopos major
GarruIax elliotii
Bonasa sewezowi
Anas crecca
Ithaginis cruentus
Aegithalos fuliginosus
Phasianus colchicus
Hirundo rupestris
Pyrrhula erythaca
Hodgsonius phoenicuroides

Wild animals
Paguma larvata
Rhinopithecus roxellana
Capricornis milneedwardsii
Cervus nippon
Prionailurus bengalensis
Naemorhedus goral
Elaphodus cephalophus
Ochotona thibetana

Overnight 4*Jiuzhai Resort Hotel
Breakfast
Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
16

Jiuzhaigou - Gonggangling - Huanglong

looking for birds in Gonggangling, Huanglong National Park

Early in the morning transfer to Gongangling to look for birds. Then visit the Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Scenic Spot that is listed as a World Natural Heritage. Huanglong is marked by its low-temperature and highly calcified Karst landform, which forms numerous valuable colored ponds. And you can also watch birds here.

Here we may see:
Sichuan Owl (before dawn)
Blue Eared-Pheasant
Chinese Wren-Babbler
Zappey’s Flycatcher (split from Blue and White Flycatcher)
Temminck’s Tragopan (common)
Golden Pheasant (common on the road)
Chinese Monal
Blue Eared-Pheasant
Song Thrush
Chinese Thrush behind the hotel boardwalk loop
Grey Wagtail
Plumbeous Water Redstart
Little Bunting
Vinaceous Rosefinch
Ferruginous Flycatcher
Pallas’s Leaf Warbler
Chestnut-crowned Warbler
Martens’s Warbler
Large-billed Crow
White Wagtail
Crested Kingfisher

108 km
2 hours 38 minutes
Overnight at Seercuo International Hotel
Breakfast
Rufous-vented Tit
Rufous-vented Tit
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
17

Huanglong - Danyun Gorge - Tangjiahe

Danyun Gorge, snub-nosed monkey at Huya Village

In the morning, set out to Danyun Gorge for the birds, and maybe you can see the snub-nosed monkey at Huya Village. Then drive to Tangjiahe.

Here we may see:
Chinese Wren-Babbler
Zappey’s Flycatcher (split from Blue and White Flycatcher)
Blue Eared-Pheasant
Song Thrush
Chinese Thrush behind the hotel boardwalk loop
Grey Wagtail
Plumbeous Water Redstart
Little Bunting
Vinaceous Rosefinch
Ferruginous Flycatcher
Pallas’s Leaf Warbler
Chestnut-crowned Warbler
Martens’s Warbler
Large-billed Crow
White Wagtail
Snub-nosed monkey

204 km
6 hours
Overnight at Tangjiahe Hotel
Breakfast
Chinese White-browed Rosefinch
Chinese White-browed Rosefinch
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
18

Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve

Visit Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve

Watch birds in Tangjiahe with whole day. It is a nature reserve of both protecting wild animal and forests. It’s classified by the WWF as the A class nature Reserve, also the hot place for study wild animal worldwide. It has the reputation of “Natural Gene Stores”, “Home of Life” and Green Pearl of Minshan Mountain Range. Maybe you can see the Takin.

Here we may see:
Chinese Wren-Babbler
Zappey’s Flycatcher (split from Blue and White Flycatcher)
Temminck’s Tragopan (common)
Golden Pheasant (common on the road
Chinese Monal
Blue Eared-Pheasant
Song Thrush
Chinese Thrush behind the hotel boardwalk loop
Grey Wagtail
Hodgson’s Redstart
Plumbeous Water Redstart
Little Bunting
Vinaceous Rosefinch
Ferruginous Flycatcher
Pallas’s Leaf Warbler
Chestnut-crowned Warbler
Martens’s Warbler
Large-billed Crow
White Wagtail
Crested Kingfisher

Wild animals
Giant panda
Snub-nosed monkey
Takin
Tibetan macaque
Chinese water deer
Barking deer

Overnight at Tangjiahe Hotel
Breakfast
Golden Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
19

Tangjiahe - Chengdu

Watch birds in Tangjiahe

In the morning watch birds in Tangjiahe, after that drive back to Chengdu.

Here we may see:
Chinese Wren-Babbler
Zappey’s Flycatcher (split from Blue and White Flycatcher)
Temminck’s Tragopan (common)
Golden Pheasant (common on the road
Chinese Monal
Blue Eared-Pheasant
Song Thrush
Chinese Thrush behind the hotel boardwalk loop
Grey Wagtail
Hodgson’s Redstart
Plumbeous Water Redstart
Little Bunting
Vinaceous Rosefinch
Ferruginous Flycatcher
Pallas’s Leaf Warbler
Chestnut-crowned Warbler
Martens’s Warbler
Large-billed Crow
White Wagtail
Crested Kingfisher

Wild animals
Giant panda
Snub-nosed monkey
Takin
Tibetan macaque
Chinese water deer
Barking deer

345 km
5 hours 26 minutes
Overnight at 4*Xinliang Hotel
Breakfast
Koklass Pheasant
Koklass Pheasant
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
20

Leave Chengdu

Giant Pandas, red pandas and birds in Chengdu Giant Panda Base of Breeding and Research

Enjoy your free time or visit Chengdu Giant Panda Base of Breeding and Research. Founded in 1985, the panda base boasts over 50 giant panda living here today. Besides the pandas and red pandas, you may watch some birds here like Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Rufous-faced Warbler, Amur Paradise Flycatcher, Speckled Piculet, David’s Fulvetta, White-browed Laughingthrush, Vinous-throated Parrotbill, and Yellow-billed Grosbeak.
In the afternoon transfer to the railway station or the airport, travel to the next destination. Tour ends.
Breakfast
Panda in Chengdu Panda Base
Panda in Chengdu Panda Base
Photo by Liu Bin
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We must point out that you counter a basic tourism infrastructure in this region. You stay overnight mostly at simple hotel/guesthouse. Long journeys on bad roads and on high altitude and delays require good physical fitness, resilience and flexibility of the participants. Program and route changes due to unforeseen events are expressly reserved. If you desire the unknown and have an understanding of contingency, this is the right trip for you.
More Impressions
Arctic Warrbler | Photo by Liu Bin
Bar Headed Goose | Photo by Liu Bin
Blue Eared Pheasant | Photo by Thierry Quelennec
Chestunt Throated Partridge | Photo by Liu Bin
Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch | Photo by Liu Bin
Chinese Grouse | Photo by Liu Bin
Claudias Leaf Warbler | Photo by Liu Bin
Common Blackbird | Photo by Liu Bin
Crested Kingfisher | Photo by Liu Bin
Eurasian Hoopoe | Photo by Liu Bin
Giant Laughingthrush | Photo by Liu Bin
Golden Pheasant | Photo by Liu Bin
Grey Headed Bullfich | Photo by Liu Bin
Grey Headed Bullfich | Photo by Liu Bin
Kesslers Thrush | Photo by Liu Bin
Little Bunting | Photo by Liu Bin
Sichuan Leaf Warbler | Photo by Liu Bin
Sichuan Tit | Photo by Liu Bin
Slaty Blue Flycatcher | Photo by Liu Bin
Spotted Nutcracker | Photo by Liu Bin
Tibetan Snowcock | Photo by Liu Bin
White Breasted Waterhen | Photo by Liu Bin
White Browed Fulvetta | Photo by Liu Bin
White Eared Phaeasant | Photo by Liu Bin
Black Necked Crane and Yaks | Photo by Liu Bin
Muntiacus | Photo by Liu Bin
Takin
Red Panda | Photo by Liu Bin