Wild China - Sichuan's Birds & Mammals
Tour Code: CHN05
A 16-day tour to China's Sichuan province in search of a fabulous array of birds and mammals, including Red Panda, Chinese Mountain and Pallas's Cat, Tibetan Wolf and Golden Takin
We begin with a flight to Chengdu from where we journey south to Labahe Forest Reserve in search of one of China’s most endearing animals, the Red Panda as well as Tibetan Macaque and Sambar Deer. We travel next through the centre of Wolong, China’s largest Giant Panda reserve where we hope to see species such as Chinese Monal and Himalayan Blue Sheep. Next we climb onto the Ruoergai Grasslands on the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau where we will search for Pallas’s and Chinese Mountain Cat, Tibetan Wolf and Tibetan Fox as well as endemics such as Sichuan Jay, Blue-eared Pheasant, Sukatchev’s Laughing-thrush and Chinese Grouse in high alpine forests. We conclude our tour in Tangjiahe, a world-renowned mammal-watching hotspot, where Golden Takin, Chinese Serow, Chinese Goral, Golden Snub-nosed Monkey and Tufted Deer will be among our hoped-for finds!
- Look for Red Pandas as they gorge on berries before winter, Labahe Nature Reserve.
- Chance to see Red-and-white Giant Flying Squirrel (the largest in the world), Labahe Nature Reserve.
- Lady Amherst’s Pheasant & Temminck’s Tragopan among special birds, Labahe Nature Reserve.
- Search for White-eared Pheasant, Tibetan Snowcock & Grandala, Wolong.
- Pallas’s Cat, Chinese Mountain Cat & Tibetan Wolf among special mammals, Ruoergai Grasslands.
- Black-necked Crane, Lammergeier & Hume’s Ground-tit, Ruoergai Grasslands.
- Hog-nosed Badger, Leopard Cat, Himalayan Palm Civet & Malayan Porcupine in Tangjiahe Nature Reserve.
- Rarities such as Asian Black Bear & Forest Musk Deer possible.
- Led by expert naturalist guide.
All included in the price
Generally tourist hotels with private facilities
Day 2 Arrive Chengdu, drive to Dujiangyan
Day 3/5 Labahe Nature Reserve
Day 13/14 Tangjihae Nature Reserve
Day 15 Afternoon drive to Chengdu
With its spectacular mountain forests and high alpine meadows, Sichuan is the very essence of wild China. The mammals and birds of this diverse province are a rare mix of the temperate and subtropical, for Sichuan sits in a biological transition zone where the wildlife of the vast Palearctic realm merges with the Indomalayan fauna and flora to the south. Indeed, this is one the most diverse regions of the Palearctic and is home to a superb variety of exciting and endemic wildlife. This new tour begins with a flight to Chengdu from where we journey south to Labahe Forest Reserve in search of one of China’s most endearing animals, the Red Panda. Here, amongst the montane conifers and bamboo understorey, we have an excellent chance of finding this iconic species gorging on berries before the onset of the winter snow. Other mammals of note include the Red-and-white Giant Flying Squirrel (the largest in the world), plus Tibetan Macaque and Sambar Deer alongside such stunning birds as Lady Amherst’s Pheasant and Temminck’s Tragopan. Continuing our journey yet deeper into the Hengduan Mountains, we travel through the centre of Wolong, China’s largest Giant Panda reserve. Whilst this enigmatic species is largely confined to the inaccessible upper slopes of the mountains and unlikely to be observed, we hope to see an exciting variety of other species including Chinese Monal, White Eared-pheasant, Tibetan Snowcock, Grandala and Himalayan Blue Sheep.
Moving on, we will climb onto the Ruoergai Grasslands on the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau — part of the ancient kingdom of Kham. Here, amongst this spectacular landscape, we shall search for Tibetan Wolf, Tibetan Fox, Pallas’s Cat, Chinese Mountain Cat, Tibetan Gazelle, Black-necked Crane, Lammergeier and Hume’s Ground-tit. The high alpine forests that border this area provide habitat for endemics such as Sichuan Jay, Blue Eared-pheasant, Sukatchev’s Laughing-thrush and Chinese Grouse. We conclude our tour in Tangjiahe, a world-renowned mammal-watching hotspot where we can hope to find Golden Takin, Chinese Serow, Chinese Goral, Tufted Deer, Hog-nosed Badger, Leopard Cat, Himalayan Palm Civet and Malayan Porcupine, with the chance of other more elusive rarities including Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, Asian Black Bear, Forest Musk Deer and Chinese Ferret Badger.
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Sat 11th November 2017 - Sun 26th November 2017
Flights: Flights are included in the tour cost
Regional Departures: Regional Departures are available. Call 01962 733051 for details
Land only cost: £3595
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