Overview

Our China winter birding tour to the south-east of this great Asian nation offers a rich kaleidoscope of impressive and localised bird specialities, including several of the world’s most spectacular cranes. Foremost among these cranes, poetically referred to as ‘the birds of heaven’, will be the elegant Siberian Crane, one of the rarest cranes on earth. During this tour we will also be looking for an impressive supporting cast of exciting birds that could include the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper, which has recently been found to winter in this area, the rare Scaly-sided Merganser, thousands of Swan Geese, Falcated Duck, Baikal Teal, Oriental Stork, Saunders's Gull, Reed Parrotbill, Pied Falconet, Elliot’s Pheasant and possibly even the rare Swinhoe’s Crake!

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Cabot's Tragopan, Siberian Crane, Oriental Stork, Elliot’s & Koklass Pheasants, Black-faced Spoonbill, Swinhoe’s Crake, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Scaly-sided Merganser, Taiga Bean Goose, Swan Goose, Falcated Duck, Baikal Teal, Smew, Saunders's Gull, Pied Falconet, Reed Parrotbill, Marsh Grassbird, Yellow-bellied Tit, Pygmy and Spotted Elachura, Japanese Waxwing, Tristram’s Bunting
Top Mammals
Yangtze Finless Porpoise, Chinese Water Deer, Tufted Deer
Habitats Covered
rivers, marshes, lakes, forests
Expected Climate
temperate to very cold conditions
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace and moderate walking, with some tougher walking at high altitudes
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly unchallenging with some tricky species
Other Attractions
excellent food, brilliant scenery, great people and cultural attractions
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

As usual, Glen Valentine was fantastic. I have travelled with him before and it never ceases to amaze me how he can hear and spot birds so effectively. And his enthusiasm is contagious. You know that he has seen any given bird on previous trips but it's as though he is seeing it for the first time with you! Daniel Danckwerts was also on the tour "learning the ropes". Very knowledgeable and a good asset to have on the tour. A superb spotter! All in all, this was a fantastic trip. I would recommend it to anyone.

Glen Valentine is an incredible guide and has real talent. We very much appreciate him and always find his tours fun and so rewarding with great birds, great views even in freezing conditions. Any tour with Glen is a guaranteed success and a good time. Daniel Danckwerts will be a great asset to RBT and contributed to the success of the tour. He is also personable and has a great sense of humour. He wasn't all that slow with his scope either and we all saw some fine birds through his scope. We are never surprised at the excellence of RBT guides.

Rich Lindie did an outstanding job. He is an excellent birder/guide and did a fantastic job managing all our expectations... Overall a wonderful trip.

As usual, Glen Valentine was fantastic. I have travelled with him before and it never ceases to amaze me how he can hear and spot birds so effectively. And his enthusiasm is contagious. You know that he has seen any given bird on previous trips but it's as though he is seeing it for the first time with you! Daniel Danckwerts was also on the tour "learning the ropes". Very knowledgeable and a good asset to have on the tour. A superb spotter! All in all, this was a fantastic trip. I would recommend it to anyone.

Glen Valentine is an incredible guide and has real talent. We very much appreciate him and always find his tours fun and so rewarding with great birds, great views even in freezing conditions. Any tour with Glen is a guaranteed success and a good time. Daniel Danckwerts will be a great asset to RBT and contributed to the success of the tour. He is also personable and has a great sense of humour. He wasn't all that slow with his scope either and we all saw some fine birds through his scope. We are never surprised at the excellence of RBT guides.

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