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The Overview of this trip will tell you the following information.

 I.  Trip Briefing
 II. Trip Enssentials (Price, Guide, Group Size, Difficulty Level, Dates and
      Length, etc.)
 III. Inclusions and Exclusions

 

I.Trip Briefing

Our trip will start in Shanghai and end in Fuzhou with focus on the endemic birds in southeastern China, mainly covering four places, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Jiangxi and Fujian. The trip is planned in a slow pace with visit to many different habitats to maximize our chance to see those star birds and also give you more time to enjoy the beauty of birds. We will first go to Rudong for the shore birds. This place has been the most reliable place for Spoon-billed Sandpiper. After that we will go to Wuyuan of Jiangxi Province seek star endemics such as Pied Falconet in the forests and some other interesting birds such as Chinese Hwamei, Tiger Shrike and Swinhoe’s Minivet. Then we drive to Fujian Province. First we spend four nights in two reservers searching for  Cabot’s Tragopan,  Elliot’s Pheasant, White-necklaced Partridge. Then we drive to the Mingjiang Estuary look for Chinese Crested Tern, en route we spend one day to search for birds in Fuzhou Forest Park.

 

II.  Trip Enssentials

• Trip Duration: 15 Days from April 25th to May 9th
• Tour Leader: Alan Curry & one AlpineBirding Assistant Guide
• Difficulty: Easy
• Trip Cost: Please contact us for the latest price 
• Trip Size: 4~8 birders
• Space: Open for booking
 

 III.  Inclusions and Exclusions

 

The cost includes the following.

1. Transportation throughout the trip, including airport pickup at Shanghai Pudong Airport and drops at Fuzhou Airport.
2. Meals in local popular restaurants labeled as as BLD in the itinerary.
3. All the entrance tickets for places listed in the itinerary including cable cars and shuttle buses.
4.Hotel stays from first day to the last day, nice 4-star hotels in big cities and local best in local places .
5.Bottled water,seasonal fruits and snacks throughout the trip.
6. Western Breakfast whenever is possible。
7. Service charges including an professional English-speaking birding guide.
8. China domestic travel insurance.
9. All tips to the serving staff , guide, driver and hotel bellmen.
 
The cost does not include the following.

a. Any expense of personal nature such as laundry.
b. Extra charges due to change of itinerary from client side or from factors beyond the control of AlpineBirding.
c. The flight tickets to the place where our trip start and from the place where our trip ends .
d. Expenses for visa application.

 

► Spring
► 20 days
► 8 birders
► Difficult
► Photo & Birding
► Airplane & Bus


Day 1 (April 25) Upon arrival at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, you will be met by AlpineBirding guide and transfered to your hotel, based on your time of arrival, we will arrange some easy birding or city exploration to help you get a general feeling of this financial metropolis of China.. Overnight: Shanghai Meals: D


As the largest Chinese city by population and the largest city proper by population in the world, as well as the commercial and financial center of mainland China,Shanghai has lots of place for you to go from both perspective of understanding ancient China and modern China, such as The Bund, City God Temple, Yu Garden and the extensive Lujiazui skyline.Depending on your interests, we can show you a modern Shanghai by taking you to the city proper or have some easy birding in the wetland park near our hotel.

 
   
Hoopoe   Strip-throated Yuhina   Common Sandpiper
 

Day 2 (April 26) Birding in Dongtan Reserve for waders, then drive on to Rudong Overnight: Rudong, Meals:BLD

Our morning birding will be in Chongming Dongtan Reserve, which was set up in 1998 with an aim to protect the ecosystem of wetlands here and water birds such as plovers, geese and ducks, herons, gulls and cranes.The numerous ponds, farmlands, reeds clusters and other wetlands plants have made this site a paradise for resident birds and migrant birds to feed.Up to date about 116 bird species have been recorded and the total bird population recorded in this area has reached 2-3 million. In the afternoon, we drive to Rudong, we will stay in a hotel near the coast.

 

   
Long-tailed Shrike   Yellow-bellied Tit   Plumbeous Water Redstart


Day 3 (April 27) Whole day birding in Rudong  BLD Overnight: Rudong Meals: BLD 


One of our important goal here is to search for Spoon-billed Sandpiper. So in the morning, we will walk to the cost to start our search. It will be fairly difficult to identify Spoon-billed Sandpiper from millions of other wading birds. We will have good chance to see Bar-tailed Godwits, Grey Plovers, Lesser Sandplovers, Dunlin and Red-necked Stints. With spotting scope we need to find out Spoon-billed Sandpipers who always mix with those birds.
 

Day 4 (April 28) Morning birding in Rudong and then drive back to Shanghai.  Overnight: Wuyuan Meals: BLD

 We will try the coast again in the morning and after morning birding here, we drive on to Wuyuan

 
   
Brown Dipper   Collared Finchbill   Relict Gull

 

Day 5-6 (April 29-30) Whole day birding in Wuyuan. Overnight: Wuyuan Meals: BLD

Wuyuan is an exciting birding site. So far about 302 bird species have been recorded, belonging to 143 species of 32 famies in Non-passeriformes and 159 species of 31 families in passeriformes.There are also some rare species including Blue-crowned Laughingthrush and Pied Falconet. The former has a total population of 250 in Wuyuan while the later has about 50 breeding site with total polulation of 120. We will spend two whole days here searching for birds including those endemics.
 

Day 7 (May 1) Morning birding in Wuyuan and then drive to Taining Reserve. Overnight: Taining Reserve Meals:  BLD


Day 8 (May 2) Whole day birding in Taining Overnight: Taining Reserve Meals:  BLD

Taining Naure Reserve is a provincial nature reserve set up in 2000 to protect the broadleaf forest eco system and rare and endangered species living in the forest. The reserve covers 5418.16 hectares. The well-protected forest, streams and vegetations in the reserve serve as excelent habitat for birds.Inside the reserve we will look for Silver Pheasant, Cabot's Tragopan,Elliot's Pheasant and  White-necklaced Partridge. 

   
Reed Partbill   Fire-breasted Flowerpecker   Common Nuthatch
 

Day 9 (May 3)  Morning birding in Taining and then drive to Jiangle.  Overnight: Jiangle Longxishan Reserve Meals: BLD

Day 10 (May 4 ) Whole day birding in Jiangle.  Overnight: Jiangle Longxishan Reserve Meals: BLD

Covering 156.93 square kilometers, Longqishan Nature reserve was set up mainly to protect the eco system of subtropical forest and the animals living in it. So far 82 bird species have been recorded in the reserve including Cabot's Pheasant, Elliot's Pheasant,Silver Pheasant,Jerdon's Buzza, Black Eagle, Chinese Goshawk and Tawny Owl. We will spend more than one day in the reserve looking for those endemic birds.

Day 11 (May 5) Morning birding in Jiangle and then drive to Fuzhou Forest Park Overnight: Fuzhou Meals: BLD


Day 12 (May 6) Whole day birding in Fuzhou Forest Park and in the afternoon we drive to Minjiang Estuary. Overnight: hotel near Minjiangkou Meals:BLD

Built in 1960, Fuzhou National Forest Park covers 860 hectares and is one of the top ten forest park in China. More than 2500 kinds of rare and precious trees from 36 countries have been introduced and planted inside the park. Inside the park there are many gardens for certain group of precious trees. We will spend most of the day birding in this nice park in search of birds such as Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Grey-backed Forktail, Japanese White-eye and White-bellied Yuhina. In the Afternoon, we drive to Minjiang Estuary.

 

Day 13 (May 7) Whole day birding in Minjiang Estuary and nearby wetlands. Overnight: hotel near Minjiangkou Meals:BLD

We will spend whole day birding in Minjiang Estuary. Covering 3129 hectares, Minjiang Estuary Wetland Reserve was founded in 2001. The estuary of Minjiang River, which is the largest river in Fujian Province, provides large mudflats and abundant food resources for birds. Each year in the winter, large number of migatory birds come here for wintering or drop in to feed so as to continue their migratory journey.Here you can see Dalmatian Pelican,Black-faced Spoonbill,Spoon-billed Sandpiper and many gulls. In the long narrow mudflat called Shanyutan Beach near the Estuary, you can see some rare birds such as Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Black-faced Spoonbill and Chinese Crested Tern. Large Woodshrike and Rufous Woodpecker are resident birds here. Our primary target birds here is Chinese Crested Tern.

Day 14 (May 8) Birding in Minjiang Estuary and nearby Wetlands and drive to Fuzhou. Overnight: Fuzhou Meals: BLD

Day 15 (May 9) Depart from Fuzhou BL.

 

   
Huamei   Red-billed Blue Magpie   Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler

Following are some of the feedbacks we have got from our clients we had served.
 



 

 Peter Robert and Pia, Peter Rober is a professional bird guide from UK

Dear Philip, lily and Jiawei,

We are all noww safeyl back home and Ihave had time to produce my trip reoprt for the wonderful bird tour that you arranged for us. I attach the docuemtns here for your interest - you may use them and adapt them any way you wish if you need to.

 It was a great experience seeing China - the birds, travel, culture, sceerny with you. You did an absoluteyl first rate job in all respects - some of the best service and professional arrqngements and leading of a tour in my 40+ years of experience worldwide to 100 countries and over 300 tours organised and led.

 Thank you all - I will certainly promote your services to my friends and colleagues and hope your business prospers as it deserves. If I can be of any help do let me know.

 Very Best Wishes  -  Peter (& Pia)
 


 

 Michel Watelet,joined our customized trip in 2013

Hi Philip 
Thanks also for this trip, you were very friendly and professional.

I’ll go to Brasil next week for birdwatching and mammals.
 Michel

 


 

KC Lee from Hong Kong, joined a customized trip from end of December of 2015 to early January in 2015. Though because of heavy snow, we were tramped in Zhangmu,a small town in Tibet bordering Nepal, every body enjoy the birding in this trip.
Dear Philip,
 
  Despite the hassles, it has been a very joyful journey! We have had countless happy moments and excellent views of birds many rare birds. Thanks for the excellent arrangements. Looking forward to have chance to bird with you and your colleagues again.
 
  Yes we indeed need to produce appropriate documents in order to claim insurance. To simplify matters, we will draft a sample letter to you, so that you can reprodue several copies of it, one for each member of the group, with the individual's name and identity appear in the letter. The draft letter should be ready within the next few days. Thanks.
 
  Regards,
  KC

 




Feedback From Richard and Carol who went birding with AlpineBirding in August of 2013
Dear Philip and Jiawei
Thank you very much for your email and hope that you got back safely to Chengdu yesterday. We got back home a couple of days ago, but work is already busy! I hope that you had a good time surveying future opportunities near Chongqing.
 
We had a really great time with the three of you, and talking on the way home we rated the day hike at Zhuque (along with the Great Wall) as our best day in China. The birding was better than expected there, especially with Jiawei working extremely hard to lure species out with calls - his (and your) knowledge was fantastic and I owe you for about 10-20 species that I would not have found myself. The scenery was excellent, and also the food - this was the lasting memory of the trip we had with you. We also learnt so much about China and its culture, and are indebted to you for this. I think my bird highlights were the Rosefinches and Crested Ibis. I've yet to start editing my photographs.
One thing is for sure though, that I will be back in China for a real birdwatching holiday at some stage in the future. Especially with those direct flights to Chengdu.
 
Many thanks once again for all of your hard work.

Richard and Carol

1. How about your bird guides, are they professional enough?
All our bird guides are carefully chosen and have rich experiences of guiding westerners. Most of them are full time bird guide of AlpineBirding. Their specieties  in colleague are always involved with ecology, they have strong interests in birds and have guided lots of birding trips for AlpineBirding. They know the birds, birding sites and culture aspects of the places you are going to visit very well. To be honest, because English is not official language in China, our guide can't speak fluent English as the bird guide from western countries, their knowledge on birds and cultural aspects of places you are going to visit is excellent..

 

2. How difficult is this trip?
This trip can be fairly easy for most part, the only time that require physical strength is the time when we walk in the mountains for pheasants and Yellow-throated Laughingthrush. Most of times,we will search for birds on the lakeside, riverside and seaside near the main road. 

 

3. How about the food? Is there aways western food avaible?
Because most of times, we need to drive to the field before day break so as to make good use of golden hours for birding in the moring, so breakfast is always easy and in the field. We will bring some snacks, coffee, hot water, cakes and fruits. However once we get out the the main cities like Shanghai or Fuzhou, it is very hard to find western food restaraunt. We can arrange western meals whenever is possible if you want.

 

4. Can AlpineBirding help me to get Chinese Visa?
Yes, we can provide necessary documents needed for your visa application. Once you confirm to participate our trip, our staff will help you with this.

 

5. Do I need vacination for this trip? Do I need bring medicines?
Generally China is very safe destination. The part we are going to visit is also very safe. We don't think you need vacination. However it you want to lift you worries before you come, you can consult your personal doctor for suggestions. Yes, you'd better bring your own medicine. Though we have lots of phamacies in China, all the medicines are explained in Chinese. So the best way is to consult your doctor and bring some medicines in case of needs.

 

6. What kind of birding gears do I need to bring?
We will bring a swarovski spotting scope and A Field Guide to the Bird of China, you need to bring your own binoculars. In our past trips, some people also bring their own spotting scope, if you have one and you want to bring so as to enjoy more freedom, you can. We will also print a checklist for each of our trip participants. In this trip, we do not have any camping.

 

7. What does AlpineBirding trips include and exclude?
Please read the inclusions and exclusions given  in the overview page.

 

8. How do you compared your trips with birding trips provided by other world famous birding companies?
We hold great respects toward the major birding companies in the worlld and we got to know birding from providing logistic services for Tropical Birding. Even nowadays, the birds guides of TropicalBirding are still our good friends. They have their advantages and we have our own advantages. We will do everything we can to ensure your full enjoyment of your trip and realize the best value of each penny you have paid to us.

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