Located in south-western China, Yunnan Province has recorded over 770 bird species, including several species that are restricted to this tiny area of southern China and neighboring northern Myanmar and remote north-east India, ranking first in China in terms of total bird species. Yunnan has a varied climate ranging from subtropical forests in the hills and lowlands to cool temperate forests in the higher mountains. Highlights include Mrs. Hume’s Pheasants, Yunnan and Giant Nuthatches, Red-tailed and the rare and endangered White-speckled Laughingthrushes, superb Scarlet-faced Liocichla, Chinese Babax, Chinese and Black-breasted Thrushes, Rusty-capped, Yellow-throated, Spectacled and Yunnan Fulvetta, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Black-headed Greenfinch, Beautiful and Black-headed Sibia, Chinese Blue Flycatcher, Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler, Godlewski’s Bunting and Black-bibbed Tit.

Top Birds

Yunnan & Giant Nuthatches; Red-tailed, Blue-winged & Elliott's Laughingthrushes; Chinese Babax; Scarlet-faced Liocichla; Chinese & Black-breasted Thrushes; Rusty-capped, Yellow-throated, Spectacled & Yunnan Fulvettas; Grey-headed & Brown-winged Parrotbills; Black-headed Greenfinch; Beautiful & Black-headed Sibias; Chinese Blue Flycatcher; Black-streaked & Streak-breasted Scimitar Babblers; Godlewski’s & Yellow-throated Buntings; Black-bibbed Tit; Black-browed Bushtit; Collared Grosbeak; Russet, Brown & Aberrant Bush Warblers; White-collared Yuhina; Bar-throated Minla; Rufous-throated & Hill Partridges; Mountain Bamboo Partridge; Pin-tailed & Wedge-tailed Green Pigeons; Grey-headed Bullfinch; Fire-capped Tit; Vivid & Fujian Niltavas; Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker; slim chances for Mrs. Hume's Pheasant; Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler; White-speckled Laughingthrush.

Habitats Covered

Coniferous (mostly pine) & broad-leaved forest, bamboo, secondary forest, wetlands (open water & reedbeds), scrub, open fields

Expected Climate

Warm to mild, cooler in the higher lying areas

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader

Tour Pace & Walking

Moderate to brisk paced tour. Not suited for dedicated photographers; inexperienced birders; or anyone with mobility or health challenges. Many early mornings & long days.

Accommodation

Good to comfortable.

Ease of Birding

Moderate. Several rare/difficult species, many low-density species require repeat searches.

Other Attractions

spectacular scenery, seldom-visited forests and mountains

Photographic Opportunities

Good to very good, some purpose-built hides.

What our clients say about us

Daniel Danckwerts
MN, China 2018

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.

David Hoddinott
PS, China 2018

David Hoddinott is an outstanding leader. Always conscious of the need to ensure that everyone sees each bird, he does, rightly, expect concentration and a positive approach throughout. This is the second time that I have travelled with David and I hope that I have the opportunity again in the future. Thank you.

David Hoddinott
JG, China 2018

David Hoddinott was an excellent bird guide, finding and identifying birds at amazing speed and ease. He had researched the field well, and knew where to find the birds. He also had researched the literature and was versed in all the newest taxonomic changes. He was very patient in assuring that all the participants got on the bird.

Glen Valentine
PK, China 2018

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
MN, China 2018

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.

China - Yunnan Extension I 2024

15 May 2024 - 21 May 2024 (7 days)

USD3,095 - 4 Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Forrest Rowland

Tour price (Per person): USD3,095 * GBP2,485 * EUR2,904 * AUD4,770

Single Supplement: USD340 * GBP273 * EUR319 * AUD524

Flight costs: USD360 * GBP289 * EUR338 * AUD555

China - Yunnan Extension II 2024

08 Jun 2024 - 14 Jun 2024 (7 days)

USD3,095 - 2 Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Daniel Danckwerts

Tour price (Per person): USD3,095 * GBP2,485 * EUR2,904 * AUD4,770

Single Supplement: USD240 * GBP193 * EUR225 * AUD370

Flight costs: USD360 * GBP289 * EUR338 * AUD555

China - Yunnan Extension I 2025

16 May 2025 - 22 May 2025 (7 days)

USD3,195 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: André Bernon

Tour price (Per person): USD3,195 * GBP2,565 * EUR2,998 * AUD4,924

Single Supplement: USD280 * GBP225 * EUR263 * AUD432

Flight costs: USD400 * GBP321 * EUR375 * AUD617

China - Yunnan Extension OBC 2025

19 Jun 2025 - 25 Jun 2025 (7 days)

USD3,295 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Robert Williams

Tour price (Per person): USD3,295 * GBP2,645 * EUR3,092 * AUD5,079

Flight costs: USD352 * GBP283 * EUR330 * AUD543

China - Yunnan Extension II 2025

25 Jun 2025 - 01 Jul 2025 (7 days)

USD3,195 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Nigel Redman

Tour price (Per person): USD3,195 * GBP2,565 * EUR2,998 * AUD4,924

Single Supplement: USD280 * GBP225 * EUR263 * AUD432

Flight costs: USD400 * GBP321 * EUR375 * AUD617

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