It is true that being an avid bird watcher comes with a myriad of benefits. This is an activity for all ages and draws a person close to nature. However, where should you go for the bird watching trips? If you have been exploring the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge or High Island, it is time to take the expedition across the world. If the thought matches with your dream, you can start planning for a bird watching trip to China.
Now, bird watching in China is one of the fruitful and easy ways to get in the fresh air away from the stuffy and exhausting environment. China offers shelter to hundreds of native birds and is rising to popularity because of bird tourism. The country brings the chance of familiarizing the tourists with nature while getting involved in the fun outdoor activities. For example, finding Crested Kingfisher in southwestern China has the right mix of thrill and fun in it. So, the tour guides divide the bird watching trips into three sections depending on the locations. If you are interested in discovering the bird families of the Far East, go through the rest of the article.
- Sichuan for Fulvetta and Parrotbill
Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan has special locations for arranging birding tours. Blackthroat is the popular bird but it is on the verge of extinction in the western Sichuan. After touring around the important sites of Chengdu, you will be taking to Chengdu Botanical Garden for spotting Chinese Grosbeak and Black-Crowned Night Heron. Gradually leaving the outskirts, you will enter the Xiangling mountain areas for spotting magnificent Golden-Fronted Fulvetta and Golden-Breasted Fulvetta. In this region, you can also find out Great Parrotbill, Grey-hooded Parrotbill, and Three-Toed Parrotbill. The Sichuan birding tour ends at Tangjiahe Nature Reserve where you can identify Spectacled Fulvetta.
- Yunnan for Laughingthrush Family
Starting from the Kunming city which has diverse wildlife, the trip will take you to Kunming Botanical Garden. There you can spot a few Thrushes including Blue Whistling Thrush and Black-Breasted Thrush. After spotting the famous Yunnan Nuthatch and Giant Nuthatch in the Zixishan Nature Reserve, you will move to Mount Cangshan for Elliot’s Laughingthrush and Lady Amherst’s Pheasant. If the trip further includes Yingjiang, you can spot Black-throated Laughingthrush, White-Crested Laughingthrush, and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush. The tour ends with a visit to Ruili for capturing beautiful Rufous-Necked Laughingthrush.
- Lhasa for Rosefinch and Snowcock
Lhasa is widely popular among the pilgrims for Jokhang Monastery and other religious centers. However, there is one lesser-known thing that makes Lhasa popular and this is the unlimited collection of birds. If you are going to visit Xiongse Temple, you can spot beautiful Pink-Browed Rosefinch, Tibetan Snowcock, and White-Browed Tit Warbler. While exploring the bird families, you can get acquainted with the cultural aspects of the city, too.
So, these places sound interesting, right? Of course, the probability of spotting exquisite birds makes everything more interesting. Talk to the travel agency and book the tickets for Sichuan birding tours now!
Author bio: Brenda Taylor is a travel blogger who has gone out with the Sichuan birding tours many a time. Here, she talks about the places where you can find beautiful native bird species while bird watching in China.