The Overview of this trip will tell you the following information:
I. Highlight Birds & Wildlife
II. Trip Briefing
III. Trip Essentials (Price, Guide, Group Size, 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.
Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, Sichuan Takin, Tibetan Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Reeves’ Montjac, Tufted Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Chinese Goral, Serow and even the rare Asian Black Bear
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: 1 Days from May 13-23rd 2020
• Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
• Trip Cost: 2490USD/pax
• Single Supplement：330 USD/pax
• Deposit: 200USD/pax
• Trip Size: 2~8 participants
• 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.
Day 1 (May 13th）Arrive Xian & Muslim Quarter
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. Followed dinner at local restaurant around the hotel, you can enjoy an optional leisure walking at the Muslim Quarters tonight.
Overnight: Zuoyishu Hotel or similar Meal: D
Day 2 (May 14th）Terra-Cotta Warriors-Yangxian
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 drive to Xian North Train Station to catch the bullet train to Yangxian. Start birding upon arrival.
Overnight: Ibis Hotel or similar Meals: B, L, D
Day 3 (May 15th）Yangxian-Panda Habitat
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.
Overnight: Panda Hotel or similar Meals: B, L, D
Day 4-5 (May 16-17th）Panda Habitat
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, Reeves’ Montjac, 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.
Overnight: Panda Hotel or similar Meals: B, L, D
Day 6 (May 18th）Panda Habitat-Golden Monkey Reserve
In the morning, we can do exploration around hotel to make our final efforts, then we drive to the Golden Monkey site.
Overnight: Monkey Hotel or similar Meals: B, L, D
Day 7 (May 19th）Golden Monkey Reserve-Wolong
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: Wolong Memory Gueshouse or similar Meals: B, L, D
Day 8-9 (May 20th-21st）Mt. 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 22nd）Wolong Panda Base-Chengdu
Drive to Wolong Panda Base to spend some relaxing time with cute pandas and birding in the base, then we drive about 3 hrs back to Chengdu.
Overnight: An Ground Hotel or similar Meals: B, L, D
Day 11 (May 23rd）Departure
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 2020.
1. How about your bird guides, are they professional enough?
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 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. What does AlpineBirding trips include and exclude?
Please read the inclusions and exclusions given in the same page where you find the trip cost.
9. 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.