Our guests about China

Thanks for your good words, for me too it was easy to travel with your team,
I certainly will join some trips in the future, maybe Botswana and of course Costa Rica. Sergey B. Russia

My first visit to China was surprising in many ways. The highlight for me was without any doubt the visit to Tibet. I am really glad I came on this tour and you certainly will see me back soon. I booked Thailand already. John. B Spain

We did not expect to find so many photo opportunities, it was great. We now know how it is to stay for a longer period on a higher altitude. Thank you for an excellent organisation. Roger and Marie. N. Ireland

Impressions of China

GrandalaIn 2012 we will go back to the Sichuan Province in China. We have changed our itinerary slightly based on our experiences and we are very happy that Paul French will guide this tour. See paul French's bio at the bottom of the page in the module "Meet your tour guide"

Sichuan lies at the eastern edge of the Tibetan High Plateau and south of the Qinlin Mountain Range. There are about 650 species of birds recorded in Sichuan. Most are resident, some are summer visitors and some are migrants. Sichuan features 37 endemic bird species which comprises of almost two thirds of the endemic birds of the whole of China. Game birds and Laughing thrushes rank top of Sichuan’s "speciality" birds.

Not only does Sichuan offer the best opportunities for seeing China’s prime specialities, but due to the great diversity of its habitats, ranging from the subtropical lowlands of the Red Basin and rich evergreen foothill forests to cool temperate zone forests, alpine meadows and dramatic snow-capped mountain peaks, the province has a remarkable wealth of birds in general. Some of the important birding sites we will visit are:

Steak-throated-FulvettaThe Transitional Zone: This is the borderland between the Sichuan Basin and the Tibetan High Plateau. Many nature reserves have been established here during the past 25 years. Here we will visit the Wolong area and Wawushan National Park.

Special CommentIt goes without saying that all our accommodation is of the usual very high standard as all Worldwide Birding Tours. Because of staying on higher altitudes a good health and experiences with higher altitudes is required.

The Giant Panda Research Station in Wolong is still closed after the 2008 Earthquake.
High Mountain Ranges: We will visit, amongst others,  Mengbi mountain range which offer numerous bird species, especially in the vicinity of the Monasteries or Sacred mountains where the animal world is still totally unspoilt. Poachers do not dare to hunt and kill within these territories because of the religious consequences!
Grasslands of the Tibetan High Plateau: In general, many birds living within the grasslands depend on water and thus prefer areas with abundant water resources such as wetlands, marshlands or meandering streams. The most highly recommended site is the huge wetland in Ruoergai and Hong Yuan.
All our guests always have regular options, either join-in with the tour group birding/game viewing or opt-out and enjoy your own company. You, the client, have choices unlike with so many other group tours!

Reserving your place is both easy and inexpensive. A deposit of € 250 is all we require! Book online...

For those who want to take advantage of being in China to see much more of this very interesting Country, we have designed two very interesting and important extensions.

Cultural and Birding extension to Tibet
potala-palaceTibet, whose Chinese name Xizang means "Western Treasure House", has long exercised a unique hold on the imagination of many Westerners. Often referred as the "Roof of the World" most of the province is made up of an immense upland plateau whose altitude ranges from 4000 to 5000 metres. Although its China's second largest province it's population is a relatively miniscule 2.7 million. Tibet is without doubt one of the most remarkable places in the whole of Asia and offers fabulous monasteries, breathtaking high-altitude treks, stunning views of the world's highest mountains and some of the friendliest people anywhere on the planet. Its also an excellent place for bird watching.
Almost 500 species of birds have been reported in Tibet and about 18 nature reserves have been established.
This extension combines the visit to some of the cultural highlights of Tibet with some days of birding. Traveling around will provide you with an impression of the spectacular scenery.

Cultural extension to Xi'an and Beijing
This extension is designed for those who want to see some more of the cultural highlights when in China. We have combined Xi’an and Beijing, two interesting places which are really worth a visit. Booking this extension you will fly (on the 26th of June - end of the main tour) from Jiuzhaigou directly to Xi'an. We have calculated costs based on the assumption that you will fly back home from Beijing.

China Facts and Travel Tips

Tour Map of China

Detailed Tour Description

Photo Gallery of China

Sichuan Main Tour Info

Main Tour

  • Tour dates
    9th - 21th of May 2015
  • Price 2015
    € 2.950 p.p.
    € 450 Single supplement.
  • Deposit
    € 250 p.p.
  • Includes
    All accommodation, all meals and transport (including national flights), fulltime guiding, Nature reserve entrance fees, and airport transfers.
  • Excludes
    International flights (at this moment only one direct flight from Europe to Chengdu with KLM from Amsterdam), insurance and personal costs.
  • Tour party
    Minimum 6, maximum 8 persons

Extension to Tibet

  • Tour dates
    21st - 26th of May 2015
  • Price 2015
    € 1.950 p.p.
    € 250 Single supplement.
  • Includes
    Return flight from Chendu to Lhasa, entrance permit in Tibet.
  • Tour party
    Minimum 4 fellow travellers

Cultural Extension

  • Tour dates
    21st - 25th of May 2015
  • Price 2015
    € 1.500 p.p.
    € 250 Single supplement.
  • Includes
    Domestic flights and City Guides
  • Tour party
    Minimum 4 fellow travellers

China Itinerary at a Glance

Main Tour
  • Day 1 - Jing Chuan Hotel Chengdu - Arrival in Chengdu
  • Day 2 - Wawu Shan Grand Hotel - Birding in Chengdu, Transfer to Wawu Mountains
  • Day 3 - Wawu Shan Grand Hotel - Birding on Summit (cable car).
  • Day 4 - Wawu Shan Grand Hotel - Birding in the area
  • Day 5 - New Siguniang Mountains Hotel Rilong - Birding and transfer to Rilong
  • Day 6 - New Siguniang Mountains Hotel Rilong - Birding to Balang Shan
  • Day 7 - New Siguniang Mountains Hotel Rilong - Birding to Balang Shan
  • Day 8 - Jiarong International Grand Hotel Maerkang - Birding and transfer to Maerkang
  • Day 9 - Jiarong International Grand Hotel Maerkang - Birding Mengbi Forest
  • Day 10 - Da Zang Shendi Hotel Ruoergai - Birding and transfer to Ruoergai
  • Day 11 - Da Zang Shendi Hotel Ruoergai - Baxi Forest and Flower Lake, pm departure to Chengdu
  • Day 12 - Jing Chuan Hotel Chengdu - departure to Chengdu
  • Day 13 - Departure home
Extension to Tibet
  • Day 1 - Tibet International Hotel Lhasa - Arrival by flight from Chengdu, birding around the hotel
  • Day 2 - Tibet International Hotel Lhasa - Cultural visit to Lhasa
  • Day 3 - Tibet International Hotel Lhasa - Birding Xiong Se Valley
  • Day 4 - Hotel Pe Ma Dangxiong - Namtso Lake
  • Day 5 - Tibet International Hotel Lhasa- Birding and return to Lhasa
  • Day 6 - Departure to Chengdu

Cultural - Extension

  • Day 1 - Bell Tower Hotel Xi'an - Flight from Jiuzhaigou to Xi'an, City Tour
  • Day 2 - Beijing Friendship Hotel - Visit Terrecotta Warriars, flight to Beijing
  • Day 3 - Beijing Friendship Hotel - Visit Summer Palace and Forbidden City
  • Day 4 - Beijing Friendship Hotel - Visit to Great Wall and Ming Tombs
  • Day 5 - Departure home

Latest Trip Report China

Red-PandaThis Trip Report tells you our experiences of our first visit ever to China. We made this "Recce Tour" in June 2011, accompanied by 5 brave fellow travellers

Tour Leader : Pieter Verheij
Local Guide : Tang Jun

We arrived at Chengdu airport at 12.15hrs on a KLM flight from Amsterdam. Our connecting flight to Lhasa (Tibet) at 14.00hrs had been cancelled for reasons unbeknown to us.  We, unfortunately, had no choice and had to stay overnight in Chengdu. The 60th anniversary of the Liberation of Tibet on the 25th June was approaching, when ...........

Read about our experiences by means of a photo presentation.

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Meet your Tour Guide for China

Paul-French1Paul French is a leader whose life-long passion for birds and natural history led to him graduating university with a degree in wildlife conservation. This was followed by several years of short term contract work around the length and breadth of Britain, including two years as assistant warden at Fair Isle Bird Observatory, three seasons on Shetland working for the RSPB studying seabirds and breeding waders and a winter in deepest Cornwall producing an atlas of the counties Barn Owls. Full time employment soon beckoned, and after a further six years working for the RSPB as a warden and then minerals restoration advisor, he branched out and became a freelance ornithologist. Travel has always been a big part of Paul’s life, and he has birded extensively in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and East Asia. Paul serves on both the British Birds Rarities Committee and the Lincolnshire Bird Club Rarity Committee, two positions that call for almost as much diplomacy as identification knowledge! As well as birds, he has a great interest in mammals and a developing love of all things creepy and crawly.
Tour leader: Each tour will have a representative of Worldwide Birding Tours to accompany it, ensuring attention to detail, and fullfilling our pledge not to send you on holiday, but to take you.