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Birding in Guangzhou City

Located in southern China on the Pearl River, Guangzhou City has a total population of 12.78 million. It is the capital and the largest city of Guangdong Province and the third largest city in China. As a part of the Pearl River Delta and one of the first cities opening up to the outside world, Guangzhou enjoys very important strategic and economic position in Guangdong Province and even in China.
Sitting just south of the Tropic of Cancer, Guangzhou enjoys a humid subtropical climate under the influence of the Asian monsoon with hot and humid summer and dry and mild winter. The monsoon season in Guangzhou is pretty long, spanning from April through September. The location, mild climate, and abundant rainfall have contributed to the growth of floras. Thus Guangzhou is also called City of Flowers by its nickname. In terms of birding, Guangzhou also has some nice places.
Some Important Birding Sites in Guangzhou

Zhongshan University Campus
Found in 1924, Zhongshan University is one of the top universities in China. The beautiful environments inside the campus have attracted lots of birds. In the woods and by the side of small lake inside the campus you have opportunity to see Hainan Blue Flycatcher, Siberian Rubythroat, Common Tailorbird, Mountain Tailorbird, Slaty-legged Crake, Collared Scops Owl, Asian Barred Owlet, Plaintive Cuckoo, Great Barbet, Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher, Tiger Shrike, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Light-vented Bulbul, Chestnut Bulbul, Orange-headed Thrush, Grey-backed Thrush, Blue-and-white Flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Robin, Siberian Blue Robin, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Fork-tailed Sunbird, etc.
Yuexiu Park
Built in 1952, Yuexiu Park covers 860,000m2 and is composed of 7 hills and 3 artificial lakes. In this park, you will not only be able to understand the history of Guangzhou from ancient to present by seeing the different historic sites, also encounter some nice birds. You have good chances to see Great Barbet, Common Tailorbird, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Light-vented Bulbul, Chinese Blackbird, Grey-backed Thrush, Fork-tailed Sunbird, etc.
South China Botanical Garden
Built in 1929, South China Botanical Garden covers 333 hectares and has introduced more than 6000 subtropical plants. More than 100 birds have been recorded here including Greater Coucal, Great Barbet, Scarlet Minivet, Common Tailorbird, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Light-vented Bulbul, Sooty-headed Bulbul, Chestnut Bulbul, Black-throated Tit, Chinese Blackbird, Grey-backed Thrush, Fork-tailed Sunbird, etc.
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