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  • China
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Destinations

China,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Mid Range

Tour Overview

As the homeland of giant pandas, Sichuan Province is best known for its fiery cuisine and beautiful landscapes. It’s natural environment is diverse with mountains in the west and green fertile land in the east and it’s home to a large number of birds – you will never see the same birds as every place offers something new and different. There is so much to see on this safari from visiting historical Chengdu and experiencing the life of Sichuan people to searching for birds in numerous forest parks and nature reserves including Jiuzhaigou Nature Area with its colorful lake and beautiful nature. This tour will truly be a wonderful trip that you will never forget!

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Birding Safari, Guided Safari, Jungle Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Chengdu, Longcanggou Nat. Forest Park, Labahe Forest Park, Wolong Nat. Nature Reserve, Jiuzhaigou National Park, Gonggangling Forest, Huanglong, Tangjiahe Nat. Nature Reserve
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, Giant Panda, Red Panda, Takin, Serow, Chinese Goral, Pere David’s Macaque, Tibetan Gazelle, Tibetan Fox, Plateau Pika, Tufted Deer, Siberian Roe, Sika Deer
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Walking Safari, Nature Walk
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Chengdu
  • Minimum age:
    6

 

 

Rates – Per Person USD

From USD 6, 583 per person

 

Please note

Before you pay your deposit to book the tour, no reservations are made and train, flight tickets and hotels may differ from the itinerary listed.

The visiting order of the scenic spots in the itinerary may change according to the traffic condition and other unforeseen circumstances.

What's Included

  • Entrance fees: to scenic spots as listed in the itinerary
  • All the activity fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transfers: transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing during the trip in a private air conditioned vehicle with a driver.
  • Meals: All breakfasts as indicated in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Guide: as outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available
  • Hotel: hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin-bed. All hotels as listed in the itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast
  • Arrangements: the tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges
  • Travel Agency Liability Insurance

What's Excluded

  • International airfare or train tickets to enter or leave China
  • China entry visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Personal expenses: expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing, personal medicine
  • Meals: any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary
  • Single room supplement
  • Please notice that the price will be much higher during the festival of Labors’ Day, National Day, spring festival
  • Tips to tour guide and driver (recommended USD10-15/guest/day).
  • Tourist accident insurance – it is strongly recommended that you buy travel and health insurance before you start out from your home country

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘China Adventure Tours
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • China Adventure Tours‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Arrive in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province and the home town of pandas.  You’ll be picked up by the local guide at the airport and transferred to enjoy the historical and culture area of Broad Lane and Narrow Lane (Kuan Xiangzi and Zhai Xiangzi). It consists of three alleys: Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley, and Jing Alley where you can experience the typical lifestyle – old Chengdu, leisure life, slow life and new life at each alley.

Lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Xinliang Hotel

Today we will drive for bird watching in the Botanical Garden, then transfer to Longcang Gou, for more bird watching in Longcanggou National Forest Park. Birds here include gold-fronted fulvetta, buffy and red-winged laughing thrushes, Emei Shan liocichla and grey-hooded parrotbill. There’s also the chance of seeing red panda (mostly October to mid-November).

Distance: 187km/ 2 hrs 30 min drive
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Hulin Shanzhuang Guesthouse

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We’ll spend two days exploring several different habitats in these mountains, ranging from deciduous forest on the lower slopes to tracts of bamboo and stands of mixed coniferous-rhododendron forest higher up.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Hulin Shanzhuang Guesthouse

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After a final morning birding at Longcanggou, we travel to Labahe Forest Park. We will keep an eye open for any interesting birds along the way. Upon arrival, head out to see the birds here which include Temminck’s tragopan, Lady Amherst’s pheasant and golden-breasted fulvetta.  You many also see some mammals such as golden takin, Chinese goral and Pere David’s macaque.

Distance: 122km/1 h 45 min drive
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Lanshanjing Hotel

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Early drive to Rilong crossing Jiajinshan Erlang Shan to watch birds (if it’s a small group you can pass through the Erlang Tunnel to see birds). Look out for Lady Amherst’s pheasant and firethroat here among others.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Yunshang Hotel

 

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Today drive to Wolong National Nature Reserve passing through the Balang Tunnel (if the weather is good, you can cross the Balang Shan via the old road to watch birds instead of passing through the tunnel). At Wolong bird species you might see include golden pheasant, firethroat, Indian blue robin, great parrotbill and slaty bunting.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Immersing Hotels & Resorts Panda

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Spend the whole day watching birds in Wolong National Nature Reserve. World-renowned as the headquarters of Giant Panda conservation, Wolong also has much to offer the birder. The whole area is scenically stunning and although we’re unlikely to see a wild giant panda (though we have seen red panda in the reserve), the magnificently forested mountains, extensive stands of bamboo, splendid alpine meadows, and rugged snow-capped peaks harbor some truly outstanding birds.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Immersing Hotels & Resorts Panda

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Drive back to Balang Shan, on the way exploring birds and enjoying the beautiful landscape at sunset of Siguniang Shan at Maobiliang if the weather is good.

Distance: 100km/2hrs drive
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Stay at Yunshang Hotel

 

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Drive to Zhuokeji via Mengbi Shan, on the way look for some birds.

Distance: 187km/4hrs drive
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Datusi Yinxiang Hotel

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In the morning drive to Mengbi Shan. The mountain of Mengbi Shan is in the transitional zone between the Sichuan Basin and the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and provides some important habitats for a wide range of species including blood pheasant, Verreaux’s monal partridge, crested tit warbler and Sichuan jay. There are a number of target birds for us here. Then continue the drive to Ruoergai, home to Tibetan gazelle, Tibetan fox and plateau pika.

Distance: 317km/5.5hrs drive
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Dazang Holy Land Hotel

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In the morning drive to Baxi Forest and Flower Lake where there are many exciting birds and other wildlife such as Chinese serow, tufted deer, Siberian roe and sika deer. The wetlands here are known as ‘the lungs of Sichuan’ and are the most important wetlands in the province. Afterwards drive to Chuanzhu Si.

Distance: 220km/3hrs drive
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Dazang Holy Land Hotel

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We will have a final morning birding in the grasslands and wetlands around Ruoergai area. At noon, drive to Jiuzhaigou via Galitai, Chuanzhu Si and Gonggangling.

Distance: 232km/3.5hrs drive
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Jiuzhai Run Du Hotsping International Hotel

 

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Full day tour in Jiuzhaigou National Park to watch birds and take photos.

Jiuzhaigou is named after the nine Tibetan villages in the scenic area. As the water, the “soul of Jiuzhaigou”, is pure, crystal-like clear and rich in colors, there is a saying that no water is worth your attention after your visit to Jiuzhaigou. The water, the reflection on the bank, the stone mill, the Tibetan villages, the Buddhist streamers and the songs and dances of the Tibetan and Qiang people constitute the unique tourist culture of Jiuzhaigou. 114 green lakes, 47 springs, 17 over flying waterfall groups, 11 sections of turbulent streams, 5 Karst shoals, vast primitive forest and three Tibetan villages are distributed among the three valleys. It has an area of 1,320 square km including 30,000 hectares of primitive forest where are living 2,576 proto species including scores of state-protected animals and plants such as the giant panda, golden monkey and mono-leaf grass.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Jiuzhai Run Du Hotsping International Hotel

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Early in the morning transfer to Gonggangling Forest looking for birds. Then drive to visit the Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Scenic Spot which is listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Huanglong is marked by its low-temperature and highly calcified Karst landform, which forms numerous valuable colored ponds, and is home to interesting bird life.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Seercuo International Hotel

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Set out to Danyun Gorge in the morning for the birding and perhaps see the snub-nosed monkey at Huya Village. Then drive onwards to Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve.

Distance: 204km/6hrs drive
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Tangjiahe Hotel

 

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Spend the whole day bird watching in Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve. Maybe you might also see the takin, also called cattle chamois or gnu goat.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Tangjiahe Hotel

 

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In the morning watch birds in Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve, then drive back to Chengdu. If there is enough time on the way, visit the Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan. This site is recognized as one of the most important ancient remains in the world for its vast size, lengthy period and enriched cultural contents. The unique Sanxingdui Museum is a good place to explore the mysterious ancient Shu culture and history.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight: Xinliang Hotel

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Transfer to the airport for your flight back home. Service ends.

Breakfast included

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