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Qinghai Birding Tour

Xining, Qinghai Kokonor Lake, Bird Island, Chaka, Huzhu
Przewalskis Rosefinch
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Located on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Qinghai Province, which is the fourth largest province in China. The Plateau, with an average elevation of 3000 meters, is referred to as The Roof of the World and is the sources of three of China's major rivers, the Yangtze River, Yellow River and Mekong River. Snow capped mountains, ice peaks, deserts, vast pastures and myriad lakes weave Qinghai unique, fascinating and colorful natural landscapes. Qinghai Lake is the largest inland saline lake in the country and is an excellent place for bird watching. It's a popular bird tour destination.




We could find such little-known species as Crested Tit-warbler, White-cheeked Nuthatch, and White-backed Thrush before climbing up onto the plateau itself. These high-elevation plains are home to a number of bird species that have been seen by relatively few western birders. Black-necked Crane, Mongolian Ground-Jay, Ala Shan Redstart, and Przewalski's Rosefinch will be among the many exciting species we will be targeted here.


Birds Possible: 80-120 species


Day 1__Xining

This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel and drive you to Yaozigou Forest Park for birding.

Target birds: Gansu Leaf Warbler, Chinese Nuthatch, White-cheeked Nuthatch, Plain Mountain & Elliot's Laughingthrush, Siberian Rubythroat, Alpine & Smoky Warbler, White-browed Tit Wabler and Crested Tit Wabler


Day 2__ Xining to Heimahe

Today we’ll drive from Xining to Heimahe Town via Qinghaihu Lake. We’ll spend a lot of time birding on the road. And we’ll try for the Pink-tailed bunting for the first time in the evening before we check in.

Target birds: Black-necked Crane, Horned Lark, Tibetan Lark, White-Rumped Snowfinch, Tibetan Snowfinch, Small Snowfinch(Per David's), Hume’s Ground Tit, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, and other water birds




Day 3__ Xiangpishan (or Ruber Mountain)

A whole day birdwatching in Xiangpishan for the Pink-tailed bunting.

Target birds: Pink-Tailed Bunting, White-winged snowfinch, Plain-backed Snowfinch, Rufous-necked Snowfinch, White-winged Redstart, Rufous-breast, Brown and Robin Accentor, Pink-rumped rosefinch


Day 4__ Xiangpishan to Xining

After morning birding for the birds we missed in Xiangpishan, We’ll heading back to Xining with bird stops.


Day 5__Xining

Your 5 days Qinghai Birding Tour is near the end. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight.


This is only the sample itinerary. According to your personal request, it could be revised. Please feel free to contact us info@pandachinatour.com