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

I.  Highlight Birds & Mammals
II. Trip Briefing
III. Trip Essentials (Price, Guide, Group Size, Difficulty Level, Dates and Length, etc.)
IV.  Inclusions and Exclusions

I. Highlight Birds

Lady Amherst’s Pheasant, Temminck’s Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, Emei Shan Liocichla, Firethroat, Golden-fronted Fulvetta, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Ashy-throated Parrotbill, Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Grey-hooded Parrotbill, Gold Parrotbill, Great Parrotbill, Three-toed Parrotbill, Slaty Bunting, Barred Laughingthrush, Red-winged Laughingthruhrush, Rusty Laughingthrush, Giant Laughingthrush, Elliot's Laughingthrush, Grey-headed Bullfinch, Brown Bullfinch, Rufous-tailed Babbler, Streaked Barwing, Black-browed Bushtit, Fire-capped Tit,  Brown Bush Warbler, Grey Crested Tit, Chestnut-flanked White-eye, Sichuan Treecreeper, Red Crossbill, etc.

Highlight Mammals
Giant Panda, Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, Asian Black Bear, Sichuan Takin, Tibetan Macaque, Rhesus  Macaque, Reeves’ Montjac, Tufted Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Chinese Goral, Serow, Hog Badger, Leopard Cat, etc.

 


II.Trip Briefing

Located in western Sichuan, the center of the rainy zone of west China, Xiangling area has rich and diversified biological resources due to its special geographical environment and climate conditions, which make it an excellent feeding and living habitats for numerous birds and wildlife. We can expect some stunning species like Lady Amherst’s Pheasant, Temminck’s Tragopan, Emei Shan Liocichla, Golden-fronted Fulvetta, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Ashy-throated Parrotbill, Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Grey-hooded Parrotbill, Gold Parrotbill, Great Parrotbill, Three-toed Parrotbill, Slaty Bunting, etc.  We will visit another birding spot called Erlang mountain in this trip where the elevation claims to over 3,000 meters, thus, we can see some different species such as Blood Pheasant, Firethroat, Rufous-tailed Babbler, Streaked Barwing, etc.


 III.  Trip Essentials

• Trip Duration: 12 Days from 7-18 May 2019/2020
• Tour Leader: Philip He

• Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

• Trip Cost: 2490USD/pax

• Single Supplement: 330USD/pax

• Deposite: 500USD/pax

• Trip Size: 4~8

• Space: Open for booking


IV. Inclusions and Exclusions

The cost includes the following.
1. Transportation throughout the whole trip.
2. Meals at local popular restaurants labeled as BLD in the itinerary.
3. All the entrance tickets for places listed in the itinerary including cable cars and shuttle buses.
4. Two person occupying one twin-bed room on sharing basis at 3-star standard hotels in the city and local best guesthouses in the mountainous area. If client prefers to use a private room or someone fails to have a roommate, he need to pay the Single supplement.
5. Bottled water, seasonal fruits and snacks throughout the trip.
6. Simple western breakfast.
7. Service charges of a professional English-speaking guide.
8. China domestic travel insurance.
9. Service of all logistic supports.


The cost does not include the following.
a. Drinks during the meals.
b. Extra charges due to change of itinerary from client side or factors beyond the control of AlpineBirding such as natural disaster and governmental policy change.
c. Discretionary tips to the guide and driver.
d. All personal expense such as laundry service.
e. Airfare to the place where our trip start and from the place where our trip ends.
f. Any program not listed in the itineraries.


China Wildlife and Culture Exploration



Day 1 (May 7thArrive Xian
Met by your AlpineBirding private bird guide or driver at the airport, then transfer to the hotel. Tonight, we will have the first taste of Shaanxi cuisine.
Overnight: Zuoyishu Hotel or similar   Meal: D
 
Day 2 (May 8thTerra-Cotta Warriors-Ancient city wall-Muslim Quarter
Depart early this morning to visit Terra-Cotta Warriors, the eighth wonder of the world which was created to guard the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor who united ancient China. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Terra-Cotta Warriors is one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries of all times. After leisurely admiring this vast arrays of soldiers, we will visit Xian-Ancient city wall this afternoon. Followed dinner at local restaurant around the hotel, you will enjoy an optional leisure walking at the Muslim Quarters tonight.
Overnight: Zuoyishu Hotel or similar   Meals: B, L, D


Day 3 (May 9thXian-Foping-Yangxian
In the early morning, we will drive to Xian North Train Station to catch the bullet train to Foping station where we will catch up a bus and drive a short distance to Golden Snub-nosed Monkey reserve. After spending several hours with the spectacular Golden Snub-nosed Monkey. We will be transferred to Yangxian to spend the night.
Overnight: Ibis Hotel or similar   Meals: B, L, D


Day4 (May10th
Yangxian-Tangjiahe
Located to the south of Qingling mountain range, the species boundary between the south and the north, Yangxian is a very unique birding spot where we can see the endemic and endangered Crested Ibis. It was considered as an extinct species until 7 Crested Ibises were found in Yangxian 1980s, while the population has gradually grown up to 3000. We will spend the whole morning there until being transferred back to the train station to catch our train to Guangyuan, from where we will take bus from Guangyuan and drive on a breathtaking country road to the wild panda reserve, Tangjiahe. En route, we will visit a beautiful and peaceful ancient town hide in the deep Mingshan mountain which has a history over 1700 years.
Overnight: Tangjiahe   Meals: B, L, D
 

Day 5-6 (May 11-12thTangjiahe NNR
We will spend two whole days searching and photographing wildlife in the reserve. The reserve is one of the best places in China to search for mammals include Sichuan Takin, Tibetan Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Tufted Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Chinese Goral, Serow and even the rare Asian Black Bear. Here is also a very good site to search for Golden Pheasant and other forest birds. If we are lucky, we may also have a chance to see the fascinating but scarce Tawny Fish Owl.
Overnight: Tangjiahe   Meals: B, L, D


Day 7 (May 13thTangjiahe-Rilong
In the morning, we can do exploration around hotel to make our final efforts, then we drive to Rilong. Today will be a rewarding driving day since we are driving to the world distribution center of the pheasants. We will enjoy the beautiful countryside scenery on the way, some birding and photo stops will be scheduled.
Overnight: Lotus Inn or similar   Meals: B, L, D


Day 8-9 (May 14-15thMt. Balang
Start early with boxed breakfast and lunch to maximize our chance. Mt. Balang is one of the most productive birding site for pheasant species in China. Here we have chance to see Snow Partridge, Tibetan Snowcock, Blood Pheasant, White Eared Pheasant, Chinese Monal, Chesnut-throated Partridge (Verreaux’s Monal-Partridge) and also some other stunning birds like Himalayan Vulture, Lammergeier, Red-billed Chough, Yellow-billed Chough, Firethroat, Grandala, Chinese White-browed Roesfinch, Pink-rumped Roesfinch, Beautiful Roesfinch, Dark-breasted Roesfinch, Common Roesfinch, Streaked Roesfinch, Plan Mountain Finch, Brand’s Mountain Finch, White-winged Grosbeak, Giant Laughingthrush, Barred Laughingthrush, Chinese Fulvetta, White-browed Fulvetta, Himalayan Bluetail, White-throated Redstart, Blue-fronted Redstart.
Overnight: Lotus Inn or similar   Meals: B, L, D


Day 10 (May 16thRilong- Mt. Balang-Chengdu
Drive to Balang Mountain in the early morning and try our targets again. In the late afternoon we drive about 3 hrs to Chengdu. Birding in the city if time permits.
Overnight: An Ground Hotel or similar   Meals: B, L, D

Day 11 (May 17thChengdu Panda Base & Sanxingdui Museum
Start early this morning to catch up with the active time of pandas at different ages and quiet time in the morning, so that we can enjoy some less-crowded stay at the Chengdu panda base. Here, we can also see some city birds like Red-billed Leiothrix, White-browed Laughingthrush, Chinese Bulbul, etc.


Followed lunch, we drive to Sanxingdui museum where we can learn about the bright ancient Shu civilization formed about 3000-5000 years ago by exploring the large amount of artefacts, including bronze masks, potteries, gold, Jade. All these delicate artefacts are believed to be used as sacred sacrificial objects during an ancient religious and sacrificial ceremonial.
After visiting Sanxingdui, we drive back to Chengdu. At night time, the Sichuan Opera (Face changing show) is optional for you tonight if you have interests.
Overnight: An Ground Hotel or similar      Meals: B, L, D
 
Day 12 (May 18thDeparture
We will drive you to the airport to catch your flight, AlpineBirding service ends. We can arrange some city birding activities according to your flight schedule.
Overnight: /   Meals: B, L
New departure trips of 2019.
1. How about the guide of this trip?
All our photo trip guides are carefully chosen and have rich experiences of guiding photo trips and guiding westerners. Most of them are full time guides of AlpineBirding, and have rich experiences photographing wildlife and birds in fields. The main guide of this trip will be a birder, photographer and cultural enthusiast. In this trip, he will try his best to make your best bird photography trip for you with his professionalism, passion and knowledge about local places.

2. How difficult is this trip?
Generally speaking, this trip is quite easy. But we need to know that the unpredictable weather may bring us some difficulties, especially when we travel in high elevation areas in Sichuan. But the number of endemic birds you could photograph and the wonderful blooming rape flowers will give you some awards you can’t get if you travel in other seasons.

3. How about the food? Is there always western food available?
 Food is very important part for all AlpineBirding trips. Please note that in this trip, we will travel in one of the remotest places in China. Though we will try our best to arrange authentic local food, we have to eat in some small and basic restaurant when we travel to those small places.

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 vaccination for this trip? Do I need bring medicines?
 Generally Sichuan is very safe destination. You don't need. The best way is to consult your personal doctor for suggestions. Yes, you'd better bring your own medicine. Though we have lots of pharmacies 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 gears do I need to bring?
 For this trip, it is important that you have your own binocular and camera. There are some chances we will photograph mammals including Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, Sichuan Takin, Tibetan Macaque,   Rhesus Macaque, Reeves’ Montjac, etc. and birds like rosefinches, game birds and some other endemic birds. So if you have a long lens, you can bring with you. It will be very useful to get those wonderful moments of birds. Sceneries, people and architecture are also something you can ignore in this trip. So bring your best lens for those things. We will bring a Swarovski spotting scope and A Field Guide to the Bird of China, you need to bring your own binoculars. We will also print a checklist for each of our trip participants.

7. What does AlpineBirding trips include and exclude?
 Please read the inclusions and exclusions given in the same page where you find the trip cost.

8. How do you compare your trips with birding trips provided by other world famous birding companies?
The world only becomes so colorful just because of the existence of so many different things. We hold great respects toward all the other companies in the world, but we want to show our specialties accumulated from many years of running trips. As a local company, we have our own advantages about wildlife, birds and local culture. We want to build up our own team of professionals. The growth of our professional team will not only bring direct benefits to our customers in a way that they can travel in cheaper price at the same trip quality but also will exert positive impacts on locals in terms of protecting environments, appreciating local birds and knowing better of local resources. We care about your enjoyment of the trip and 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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